It seems fairly simple right? If you want a baseball glove just go to the store and buy one. That makes sense if you are only a casual player or doing it for fun.
However, the majority of players who want a new baseball glove usually needs a specific type and I want to help you figure out exactly what you need so you can make an informed decision and get the best glove at the best price.
There are so many different styles, sizes and prices for gloves so you should have great success at finding the perfect glove.
There are still some sporting goods stores which carry lots of gloves but more and more are not carrying very many and they do not stock their shelves until the baseball season actually starts.
Most players do not buy their gloves during the season though. You need to buy your glove well before the season so you can break the glove in and make sure that the leather is a little worn and very flexible.
You do that so the glove is ready to go at the beginning of the season. Nobody wants a stiff glove because it's much harder to catch the ball.
There are specific gloves for specific positions.
- Catcher's mitt – This is the really big, thick padded glove. It is made this way to reduce any sting which may normally occur when catching fastballs all day from a pitcher.
- First base glove – This is also a special glove in that it's bigger and wider than most other gloves so that they can catch balls thrown from the infielders. Many times the ball is thrown in the dirt and this glove is designed to scoop the ball easier.
- Infielder's glove – These gloves are really small and have a small pocket so they can scoop the ball up and retrieve it quickly so they can make the necessary throw. Second basemen use the smallest gloves followed by the shortstop and third baseman.
- Outfielder's glove – These gloves are usually long and large so they can reach and catch any ball hit towards them. Sometimes they even have to jump or reach up high and that's where the long glove comes in tender.
- Most high-end gloves are made out of leather and are really high quality. They are more durable and last longer than most other gloves.
There are mid-prices gloves made out of treated leather which just means it's been pre-made to have softer materials.
The lower costing gloves are usually made out of synthetic materials and are usually a glove for beginners.
Some gloves are even made out of a combination of leather and synthetic materials. It's really just a matter of what your budget is and what position you play.
If there's a glove you know you want then I suggest you start saving your money every month until you are able to afford it.
You want to be able to have confidence in all your baseball gear so make sure you are patient and get the best quality equipment within your budget.