The Franchise line from Mizuno is perfect for the player that is newly committed to the game, but not looking to pay a big time price. Aimed at the player that has transitioned from youth and is ready for an adult/travel ball glove, the Franchise line is one of the most popular offered by Mizuno and for good reason. These gloves provide the durability and flexibility needed to make the jump from youth ball to a higher level of play, without giving up performance.
The GFN1151B1 is 11.5” in length and designed for a multi-position infielder or pitcher. This glove features Mizuno’s Tartan Shock Y web, which is variation of a modified trapeze pattern. This web stays shallow and strong enough for the infielder trying to field a hard-hit grounder and make a quick transition. However, the web remains closed enough for the pitcher to keep the seams concealed. All the while, Mizuno’s Hi-Low lacing throughout the glove will help the pocket flex and maintain durability inning-after-inning.
The shell, palm and web are composed of Mizuno’s pre-oiled, full-grain Java steerhide leather. This dark, brown leather is very soft and lightweight, perfect for the developing player. The lacing is composed of tan, full grain steerhide leather, which will help maintain the glove’s shape, while providing a flexible pocket via the Hi-Low lacing.
The hand opening features a conventional, open back with a laced binding. The conventional back allows for extra ventilation, while the laced binding provides a secure and snug fit – keeping the glove in place, even during the toughest plays. Taking a look at the inside, Mizuno has incorporated a PalmSoft lining and its ParaShock palm padding. The lining will give the player a big league, soft feel while the added palm pad will provide extra protection as the player adjusts to a more advanced level of play.
The Franchise line will arrive game ready, as the Java leather is pre-oiled and soft. Breaking this glove in should be an easy process, which is great for the growing player, as s/he learns about the break-in process.