When choosing a baseball glove, comfort and fit are very important considerations.
Beyond that, you must choose a glove appropriate for your position. Different
gloves are made specifically for infielders and outfielders, as well as
first basemen, pitchers and catchers. Talk to your coach and read this
guide before visiting your local
sporting goods store for your sports equipment.
Pitcher’s Gloves and Catcher’s Mitts
Pitchers can typically use any type of infielder glove. When
choosing a pitcher’s glove, you want to find one with a closed glove. This allows you to hide the
ball and handgrip from your batter. A catcher’s mitt is very distinctive.
As catchers need to catch balls thrown at high speeds, the glove is more
padded and much larger than other gloves to provide protection for your
hands. Its larger size makes for a larger target for those throwing the
ball to you.
First Basemen Gloves
First basemen gloves are very different from infielder and outfielder gloves.
The glove is larger, without finger holes. The edge of the glove is curved
to facilitate picking up balls from the ground. It is also larger to provide
a better target for those throwing the ball.
Infielder and Outfielder Gloves
Infielders use smaller, lighter gloves to allow the player to move quickly.
Second basemen gloves are smaller and allow the player to transfer the
ball easily from hand to hand. Shortstop gloves and third basemen gloves
are longer, allowing them to increase their throwing range. Third basemen
gloves also have a deep pocket and open web, which makes it easier to
catch fast balls thrown from short distances. Outfielder gloves are the
longest. They also have a deep pocket to prevent fly balls from popping
out of the glove.
If you’re looking for
sports equipment, accessories, or apparel in Bridgewater, visit us at Efinger’s Sporting Goods. Our store has been family
owned and operated since 1909, and we are one of the largest sporting
goods stores in America. Call us today at (732) 356-0604 or visit our
online sporting goods store.