There are so many things to consider when looking for the best baseball glove. What position will you play? Do you need a glove with a deep web, trapeze web or modified web? Each position requires something a little different and below are some examples of the better gloves out on the market for baseball players, and little leaguers, today.
Catcher: Catchers need a much larger glove than anyone else on the market due to their repeated action of catching a ball at 80+ MPH.
Akadema AGC98 Prodigy Series Glove,32-Inch
This glove has everything an aspiring catcher could be looking for. It is a 32” circumference with a deep pocket for fastballs, with added protection around the palm for those balls that may get away from the pocket. It is modestly priced at $68.25 on Amazon and is a great price for the quality of glove you receive.
Mizuno Prospect GXC105 – While this glove was made for youth catchers in mind, the 50” circumference can adapt to higher levels as well. The Mizuno Prospect provides Parashock, which is extra padding for the palm to soften the repeated blows catchers tend to take all game. The glove also has a built in easy close to teach younger players how to close the glove directly after catching the ball, serving as a great training glove. If you’ve been catching with a glove without Parashock, and icing your hand thereafter, look no further. This is the glove for you, priced at only $52.44 on Amazon.
First Baseman: First baseman require a special, modified glove from the rest of the infield. Because of the reach, the normal I and H webs seen on many gloves don’t really work here. First baseman need extra reach and a wider glove web to get to the balls that may go astray.
Wilson A800 Showtime With a 12” frame, and the longtime, quality assured name of Wilson, the A800 may be the best for its price range. Coming in at $55.47, consumers get a lot more than meets the eye. The A800 comes with a double palm construction to reinforce the pocket, but also has a lower heel than most gloves to account for various ground balls that may run errant. With an extended reach that goes further than most gloves, the A800 is a no brainer.
Louisville Slugger 12” FG Omaha Select – Sticking with the most trusted brand names, we come to the Omaha Select by Louisville Sluggers. With the same glove size as the A800, the Omaha Select comes in at a cheaper price – $68.21. The Omaha Select offers cowhide oil treated leather for a smoother and quicker break in than most gloves. A top notch web provides first baseman with comfort in knowing that the ball will stick in the back of their glove, no matter what.
Infielders and Outfielders: These positions require most standard gloves you’ll find in sporting good stores. The H-web and I web work best for both positions, though the I web is preferred for outfielders due to their propensity for catching pop flys.
Wilson A1K 11.75” Infield/Outfield – Wilson brings baseball players a versatile glove at an approachable price. The A1K is one of the most expensive gloves we have promoted, $84.95, but for good reason. This glove is crafted after superstar second baseman Dustin Pedroia and comes with a snug fit, long laces, smaller hand opening and low profile heel for ground balls. It comes easy to break in, and the H-web is perfect for fly balls and grounders.
Easton APB1275 Alpha Series Baseball Glove, 12.75-Inch, Right Hand Throw Easton is a well known brand that provides quality bats and gloves at decent prices – this one being $38.90. The APB1275 provides a modified web for those fantastic snow cone catches that outfielders always seem to grab. This glove easily breaks in and provides a VRS Palm Pad to reduce the impact of balls hitting the glove – perfect for little leaguers. All of these gloves make excellent choices for both beginner and veteran players. When it really comes down to it, feeling comfortable in it, being able to open and close it easily, and having the right web, whether it is I, H, modified or trapeze, all combine to give you the best baseball experience.
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