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Best Shortstop Gloves for exceptional Range and Quickness

Best Shortstop Gloves

Shortstop is a premier position in baseball, perhaps the most important position on the diamond. It's the most demanding defensive position in the game and calls for the best fielder to tend its position. More balls are hit at the shortstop than any other position. Therefore, the player must have exceptional range and quickness. They also must be using the correct glove. And while there is no such thing as the perfect shortstop glove, we will take a look at some of the best shortstop gloves for this position!

Without skipping a beat, let's get to it.

Considered by many as one of the better all-around shortstops in the game, Correa is just in his first of many seasons to come in the Majors. His custom series A2000 was Wilson's 2016 glove of the month for this past January.

With its I-Web design and Double X Laces included, this A2000 makes for a long lasting glove that will provide top-notch quality for a lifetime.

The double palm foundation is a two layer leather pocket creating impressive profound glove stability, making for a faster break-in.

With Pro Stock Leather made from American Steerhide, users are guaranteed max comfort and feel.

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    11.75 inch pattern
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    Dri-Lex Wrist Lining-Ultra breathable and moisture wicking material
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    Dual welting creating a more dynamic, durable pocket
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    Shortstop glove
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    Pro Stock leather
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    Interior of the glove keeps your hand cool and dry
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    3x more craftsman shaping
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    Double palm construction
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    I-Web

Available in a multitude of color schemes, the MVP Gamer series offers a bit of flavor for everyone. Professional level lace rounds out the glove that includes professional level oils too. Its center pocket design puts the pocket right smack into the center of your palm.

Also incorporated in the glove is patent pending heel increasing flexibility and closure in the glove.

The strong edge promotes a more stable thumb and and pinky stalls.

Integrated is smooth professional style oil plus leather which is the perfect balance of oiled softness for exceptional feel and firm control that meets requirements for all players.

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    Center pocket design
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    Conventional open back
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    Deep I-Web
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    Two-tone lace
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    Strong edge lace technology
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    Ultra soft palm liner
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    Heel flex technology
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    Ideal for shortstops
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    Plus grip thumb padding

Made from pre-oiled java leather, which is game ready leather made to get years and years out of your glove.

Featuring a Hi-Lo lacing system, the Franchise Series gives users added flexibility but increases structure support thanks to this system.

In the palm is a parashock plus pad for added support. Game ready off the shelf and out of the box, the Franchise Series is truly a bang for your buck.

For its price, this glove will blow you away. With its new baseball specific features, Mizuno got it right with this model.

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    11.75" inch pattern
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    I-Web
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    Hi-Low lacing maintaining the foundation of the glove
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    Parashock plus palm pad
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    Comfortable hand based patterns
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    Pre-oiled java leather
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    Conventional open back

Infused with eye-popping color schemes, the Heart of the Hide Custom glove gives users an added twist in style.

Included are advanced features that provide every user with high quality performance and feel.

Premium and top rated steer-hide leather wraps around the glove ensuring you'll get a lifetimes use of this glove. It also gives users promising feel and shape, however that might be.

Tennessee tan pro lacing will add support and strengthen the gloves core with its high quality material.

Deer tanned cowhide lining provides extra support, comfort, and durability. For the price you pay for this glove, you definitely get your money's worth.

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    Heart of the Hide premium leather
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    Tennessee tan pro lacing
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    Limited edition color way
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    Deer tanned cowhide lining
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    Soft full-grain leather

Best Baseball Gloves Round-up

Best Baseball Gloves

Finding the best baseball gloves is not an impossible challenge. There are several things we must consider when looking for the best gloves out there.

We must factor in price, quality and size to determine what is the best glove for us. Some of us may have preferences for web styles, color schemes, and many other features, so this article will features a variety of styles for different types of gloves. Since these are the best all around gloves on the market, none of these will have cons.

And in order for a glove to be the best all around, they must be affordable too, so the following gloves will be under $200.

The RCS series is a true gem.

Users of any level can take this glove into action, and see just why this glove is the perfect glove out there. A full-grain leather shell surrounds the glove, keeping it's shape and style year after year.

A custom series, and a custom fit, the RCS series will keep players looking fashionable while getting the job done on the diamond. With its strong, durable leather and interior padding for both the palm and index finger, you'll see the difference right away in comfort between the RCS, and your current glove.

Game ready and a quick break-in process leaves users with a glove that, at this price, cannot be beaten.

Get yours today!

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    Full-grain leather shell for durability
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    Strong durable leather lace for continued performance
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    Palm and index finger pads diminish ball impact
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    Game ready feel for a quick and effortless break-in
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    Authentic pro patterns
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    Open back
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    11.75" inch utility model
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    Modified trap web, featuring snagging ball function and strong construction in the web
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    Palm and index finger pads to diminish ball impact
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    90% factory break-in

Made from professional grade USA-tanned rawhide leather, the Easton Core glove is tested to the highest of measures.

Providing users with a strong interior design and comfort, the Core series is built for all rigors of play. At 12" inches, this glove can be used in the infield or outfield, making it the perfect affordable utility glove.

A traditional woven web with an open back, and available in both hands, this glove fits every player's need. Whether it's a third baseman, pitcher, or outfielder, the Core Series is ready for the test.

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    High quality and a low price
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    12" inch utility design
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    Right/Left hand
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    Pro steer hide leather
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    Pro grade rawhide professional lace tested for max strength
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    Traditional woven web for max ball security

Made from soft, pebbled leather, the MVP glove from Mizuno includes a center back design that naturally centers the pocket under the index finger for the most versatile break-in possible.

Bio throwback leather makes for a classic, fresh look with soft feel and long lasting durability.

Ultra soft palm liner with excellent feeling and a soft finish will keep the interior cool and comfortable.

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    I-web
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    Bio throwback Leather: soft, pebbled leather for game ready performance and long lasting durability
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    Open Back
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    Ultra soft palm liner for excellent feeling inside the glove
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    Center pocket design naturally centers the pocket under the index finger for the most versatile break-in possible
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    Pro level lace
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    Sweet color scheme with an added throwback element

My personal favorite on this list, the GG Gamer 11.5" inch glove has a classic Rawlings look to it. The orange exterior with the tan laces really brings out a sweet looking texture for a glove that features numerous high-quality aspects.

Smothered in orange and tan lacing, this glove is full of vibrant vibes.

Ideal for a player looking for a game-ready glove and equivalent color scheme of the pros, this glove is perfect for infielders. The Gamer XLE includes the PORON XRD impact padding for impact absorption, which drastically reduces sting.

For this price, the Gamer Series cannot go unlooked.

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    Open back
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    Pro patterns
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    Pro grade laces providing added durability for long-lasting shape
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    PORON XRD padding drastically reduces pain on hard balls
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    Pro soft leather for a quicker, more efficient break-in
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    90% factory break-in
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    Unique style

Best Baseball Gloves Past & Present

Most Expensive Best Baseball Gloves

Purely for entertainment purposes, let's take a look at some of the most expensive best baseball gloves on the market, Analyzing them like we have with all the other gloves out there, but putting an asterisk next to each one due to its price.

Sure, we would all love a glove like this. But unfortunately, most of us, including myself, don't have this sort of money to throw on a baseball glove. Quality is definitely important when choosing a glove, but these gloves take things to an entirely new level.

Note that some of the best baseball gloves will be available on the market, but others are simply collectors items and are not for commercial buyers. Time to take a look.

Perhaps the nicest handmade glove out there, Nokona is highly praised for its structure and its lightweight material.

Made from kangaroo leather, the Bloodline Pro glove is one of the finest, strongest leather woven gloves available.

Designed for infielders, this 11.75" inch glove is a thing of beauty. Nearly half a grand in cost, you get what you pay for with this bad boy.

Re-engineered with a newer interior padding system which provides superior structure, this glove has magnificent ball control and balance in the palm.

With an H-web and traditional open style back, the Nokona Bloodlines series is a one of a kind glove at a price that would give me nightmares.

Nokona Bloodline Pro - Most Expensive Best Baseball Gloves

Nokona Bloodline Pro - Most Expensive Best Baseball Gloves

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    Kangaroo leather
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    Highly structured
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    Extremely lightweight
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    Durability for a lifetime
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    Ball control through the charts
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    Strong interior and exterior foundation

The Mizuno Pro Limited first base mitt is quality taken to the extremes. Made from only the finest craftsmanship, the Mizuno Pro provides the finest material incorporated with makers who go up and beyond to give players the most electric first base glove yet.

The lining is made from Shika material - in other words, elite deerskin - which provides players with max comfort. Recommended for the serious player, Mizuno's most finest first base glove is driven by speed drive technology.

The perfect balance between reaction and speed, the Pro Limited will change your game, at the cost of your wallet.

Pro Limited Edition 13" Mizuno First Base Mitt - Most Expensive Best Baseball Gloves

Pro Limited Edition 13" Mizuno First Base Mitt - Most Expensive Best Baseball Gloves

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    Deguchi Kip Leather - Tighter fibers, proprietary tanning provide perfectly conditioned leather that is stronger than previous Mizuno Pros
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    Shika Palm Lining - Elite deerskin palm lining that provides the ultimate in soft feel
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    Speed Drive Technology - Gloves perfectly balanced by position to provide the fastest reaction/best response possible
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    Glove bag included

Constructed with the most premiere European leather, the Rawlings Gold Glove Collection is a flawless design featuring a two-piece web, fitting for a pitcher.

A 12" inch model, Rawlings includes Opti-Core technology into the palm giving users layers of padding for a custom fit, added protection, and even extra longevity for the lifespan of the glove.

The glove is cut, shaped, and assembled by a single master craftsman throughout the entire making. The glove is only 20% factory break in too, meaning it's up to you to shape the glove to your liking.

Rawlings Gold Collection 12" - Most Expensive Best Baseball Gloves

Rawlings Gold Collection 12" - Most Expensive Best Baseball Gloves

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    12-inch adult baseball glove delivers the ultimate in playability and feel
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    Made with flawless European kip leather for a supple feel and durable finish
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    Ultra-premium calfskin palm lining wicks away moisture
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    Meticulously constructed by a single craftsman
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    Modified Trap-Eze web with conventional back ideal for 2nd and 3rd basemen and pitchers

Ted Lyons Signed Glove 

Posed pitching of Ted Lyons as Chicago White Sox - Best Baseball Gloves

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Lyons spent 21 seasons in the Majors from 1923-1946. He played his entire career with the Chicago White Sox and even managed them briefly from 1946-1948. A Hall of Fame pitcher, Lyons signed this in 1946 writing “Best Wishes” on the pinky of the glove. For nearly two grand, this can be yours.

Mariano Rivera New York Yankees Autograph Rawlings Glove 

Rivera - Best Baseball Gloves

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A career made up of 19 seasons the the Bigs, Rivera was a 13x All-Star for the New York Yankees. A 5x World Series Champion, Rivera holds the MLB record for saves. The greatest closer of all time has signed this glove with his name, and trade mark “Enter Sandman” as well as 99 WS MVP on the inside. For $2,299.99, you’ll have a piece of history.

Vintage 1950’s Stan Musial Signed Game Model Glove 

Best Baseball Gloves

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A 3x NL MVP, Musial played his entire 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals as an outfielder and a first baseman. A 24x All-Star between his playing career and managing career, Musial is tied with greats Hank Aaron and Willie Mays for the most All-Star appearances. From the 1950’s, the glove is signed by Musial and can be yours for nearly $1,500.

2007 Shane Victorino Game Used Glove

Best Baseball Gloves

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Now a free agent, Victorino was a key cog in the lineup, and as an outfielder for multiple World Series Championships. Nicknamed “The Flyin’ Hawaiian”, he is a 2x All-Star and World Series Champion. This a glove from 2007, worth nearly $2,000.

Wilson A2000 Pitchers Gloves: A closer look

Wilson A2000 Pitchers Gloves: A closer look

Thinking about Wilson A2000 pitchers gloves, Clayton Kershaw's 11.75" inch all black A2000 comes to mind. These gloves are crafted from the finest American pro stock leather and built from exclusive hand designed pro patterns.

With so many additional features added on, the A2000 pitchers model is a one of a kind model made by some of the most finest craftsmen in the land. Let's now take a look at some of the A2000 pitchers models out there, starting with the one Kershaw uses.

A2000 Clayton Kershaw

A2000 Gio Gonzalez

Wilson A2000 Pitchers Gloves
Wilson A2000 Pitchers Gloves

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Wilson

Wilson

Proving that the A2000 keeps getting better and better, the Kershaw model is a true testimony of that.

11.75" inches in size, the Kershaw Game Model truly does put unbeatable craftsmanship in the palm of your hand. Constructed from pro stock leather users will see just how durable of a glove this is, game after game, pitch by pitch.

Available for both lefties and righties, this glove provides unmatched feel thanks to the countless testing hours from the makers. Jet black leather smothers the exterior leather on this glove, providing players with a stylish black glove that will keep its color scheme after years and years of use.

Dual-welting along the backs of the fingers helps not only maintain the pocket shape but also enables a durable and efficient break-in.

Wilson A2000 Pitchers Gloves

A2000 Clayton Kershaw - Wilson A2000 Pitchers Gloves

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    Clayton Kershaw game model
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    Ultra-breathable Dri-Lex wrist lining repels moisture from your hand to keep it dry and to add comfort
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    Conventional open back
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    Jet black leather styling with gold logo details
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    Exclusive hand-designed pro stock pattern
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    Two piece closed web
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    Dual welting for a durable pocket

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Ready to be put to the ultimate test right away, the Gio Gonzalez Game Model features everything that can be seen in the Kershaw model, with the difference being the webbing.

Gonzalez uses a trapeze, triple laced T-web as opposed to Kershaw's two piece web.

Constructed from pro stock leather and also dual welted, this line is tip top quality. With its shiny red trim around the laces and jet black body, you can really get a visual for how appealing this glove is.

Wilson A2000 Pitchers Gloves

A2000 Gio Gonzalez - Wilson A2000 Pitchers Gloves

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    Game Model for Gio Gonzalez
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    Dual Welting
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    Pro Stock Patterns
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    Dri-Lex for a cool wrist and resisting moisture
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    3x triple laced web
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    Pitchers pattern
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    12.25" inches
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    Deep pocket allowing pitchers to adjust and conceal on the mound with ease

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Left Handed Baseball Gloves: A rundown

Left Handed Baseball Gloves: A rundown

Although lefties have limited options in the infield, with first base being the only position they can play, lefties can also play in any of the three outfield positions. Let's take a look at some left handed baseball gloves for outfielders, and first basemen as well.

Premium Pro Series

Renegade Series

Player Preferred

MVP Prime 

A2000

Left Handed Baseball Gloves
Left Handed Baseball Gloves
Left Handed Baseball Gloves
Left Handed Baseball Gloves
Left Handed Baseball Gloves

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Rawlings

Rawlings

Rawlings

Mizuno

Wilson

Rawlings Premium Pro Series gloves is a laceless palm glove. By removing these laces this enables fielders to have a better feel in the pocket, resulting in quicker transfers from getting the ball in the glove, and out of the glove.

The laceless heel also helps users with a quick break in. This glove is recommended for high school players and adults as well.

The new OPTI-FIT technology gives users a much better feel in the glove which will be more comfortable than most other gloves. The glove features a single finger opening with a D-ring strap for stability. A conventional back shape, the Premium Pro is a 12.5″ glove that features a single post web design.

Left Handed Baseball Gloves

Rawlings Premium Pro Series Glove - Left Handed Baseball Gloves

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    Fastback design to allow much quicker movement in the glove
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    Just 20% player break-in
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    Authentic pro pattern design
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    OPTI-FIT innovative technology which enhances grip, maximizes command, and allows for optimal feel
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    Rawlings finest quality leather, for comfort and long-lasting structure
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    Extremely versatile glove for any outfield position
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    OPTI-CORE™ Technology which allows for added layers of pre-curved padding beneath the palm to greater absorb the impact at the moment of catch
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    Game ready feel off the shelf or at your porch
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    Full flexibility with substance grain incorporated in it
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    Ultimate control

CONS

  • Some customers thought the glove was too similar to an infield glove and didn’t like the shape
  • A tight glove which gives the user full control but also may seem tight around the hands for some

Game-ready off the shelf, the Renegade series is an extremely affordable, high-quality glove that meets every check on the check list.

Furnished with a full-grain leather shell for durability and shape retention, the Renegade offers a pocket deep enough to retain balls hit and thrown at any speed. This glove will keep your hands and wrist comfortable with velcro straps to fit any size hand.

An 11.5" inch model with a conventional back and single post web, don't miss out on this great glove!

Left Handed Baseball Gloves

Rawlings Renegade Series First Base Mitt - Left Handed Baseball Gloves

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    All leather shell construction for durability and shape retention over years of use
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    Conventional back
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    True quality and an affordable price
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    Deep, flexible pocket for baseball or softball
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    Velcro straps for a customizable fit and palm pads for added impact protection
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    High density cushioned palm and finger back lining for  comfort
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    Both palm and index finger pads diminishing ball impact

CONS

  • One user had the strings break the second time they used it

12.5" inches in length, the Player Preferred series by Rawlings gives users a single post web glove which is designed for users of any expertise.

Quick and easy break in, the Player Preferred features high-end quality and feel at a great deal. Composed of full grain leather, users will be able to use this glove without feeling any shock thanks to the zero shock palm pad and index finger for added protection.

The speed trap heel cut outs will give players an edge when picking balls out of the dirt too.

Left Handed Baseball Gloves

Rawlings Player Preferred First Base Mitt - Left Handed Baseball Gloves

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    Full grain leather for enhanced durability
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    Reinforced webbing
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    Index finger pad
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    Retro brown shade
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    Quick, easy break-in and game-ready feel
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    Conventional back
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    Improved fit with patented hand adjustments

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  • Padding for some was too thin

Crafted from smooth, professional style and oil plus leather for enhanced feel and comfort, the Prime SE is the perfect balance of softness and firm control. Mizuno has a commitment to making the finest gloves, the Prime SE is no exception.

At 13" inches, a bigger and more firm glove will give users great control as well as a glove they'll be able to rely on for years to come. This glove enables players to perform the task at hand at only the highest level of play.

Left Handed Baseball Gloves

Mizuno MVP Prime SE First Base Mitt - Left Handed Baseball Gloves

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    Special edition colorway
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    Open back design
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    Professional level laces
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    Outlined, embroidered logo
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    Bio-soft leather
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    Pro design and style
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    Perfect balance of oil and softness for exceptional feel and firm control
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    Two tones professional leather lace for the best of both worlds

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  • Some users had complaints of the glove being too flimsy after multiple times of use

Wilson's most popular first base model, this glove will not let you down.

With its innovative pocket that is designed with dual break points near the thumb and heel for a max break in. Made from pro stock steerhide leather and offering new Dri-Lex technology, the A2000 is ultra breathable thanks to moisture wicking material.

The mitt is hand selected for its rugged durability as the most famous Wilson glove continues to keep getting better and better.

Long lasting, and high quality, it's hard to pass on a glove of this caliber.

Left Handed Baseball Gloves

Wilson A2000 2800 PSB First Base Mitt - Left Handed Baseball Gloves

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    Pro stock leather for a long lasting glove
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    Great break in for an A2000
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    Dual welting for a durable pocket
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    DriLex wrist lining to keep your hand cool and dry
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    Reinforced single post web
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    Perfect glove for the hardworking player
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    Pro stock pattern
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    Fully closed pro back
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    Double heel break design

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Rawlings Pitchers Gloves – My top 3 favorite ones

Rawlings Pitchers Gloves

Known for their fine line of gloves, that include superior performance and quality, Rawlings also offers some of the best pitchers gloves on the market. While there is no true key guide to abide by when in the market for a pitcher's glove, many prefer closed basket webs and between 11"-11.75" inches in length. Rawlings has multiple lines of these style of gloves, that can be found on Amazon, and many have free shipping. Let's now take a look at my top three favorite Rawlings pitchers gloves.

Rawlings Pitchers Gloves - Our choice 

Men's Heritage Pro Pitcher/Infield Glove

PRO1175DCBB Heart of the Hide Dual Core Series

PRO1175BBPF Heart of the Hide Dual Core Series

Rawlings Pitchers Gloves
Rawlings Pitchers Gloves
Rawlings Pitchers Gloves

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Rawlings

Rawlings

Rawlings

This trapeze style web comes in both left and right handed models. Although not listed in the bullets on Amazon, this glove is 11.5" inches in length.

While this glove is one of the premier, pro style gloves that Rawlings makes, it is 70% factory break-in, leaving you with a glove that will be ready to be put to the test out of the box.

A pro influenced glove design, the Heritage series is a durable glove, with an added element of versatility. A pitcher's glove, but also infielders glove too.

A Heritage Pro stamp on the middle of palm cements the beauty of this Rawlings gem.

Rawlings Pitchers Gloves

Rawlings Men's Heritage Pro Pitcher/Infield Glove - Rawlings Pitchers Gloves

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    Authentic, specific Rawlings glove
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    Just 30% player break-in
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    Crafted from authentic Rawlings pro patterns
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    Soft full grain leather and finger back linings for interior comfort and feel
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    The USA tanned leather around the glove for durability that will keep the gloves shape
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    Made in the USA
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    Pro player influence

CONS

  • Not a great amount of padding in the palm

Crafted from Rawlings heart of the hide soft leather, this glove offers users great durability and a little more flexibility than the Heritage series. It also limits user break-in to just 40%.

Each of these gloves features dual core technology; like the name suggests the dual core is placed inside the glove to greater absorb impact and keeps the glove closing naturally.

A modified trapeze web makes this glove ideal for pitchers, but also can be used for infielders too. The conventional back features a wide opening above the wrist, for comfort for all hands.

At 11.75" inches, this pitchers glove is game-ready off the shelf. Full grain leather bindings and laces adds strength and extra durability. It looks, and feels nice, and breaks in nicely as well.

Although on the pricey side, this glove is truly worth every penny.

Rawlings Pitchers Gloves

Rawlings PRO1175DCBB Heart of the Hide Dual Core Series - Rawlings Pitchers Gloves

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    Soft leather finger back lining
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    Heart of the Hide Horween leather
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    Thermoformed moisture wicking wrist pad in hand opening for comfort
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    Dual core breakpoint includes position specific break in points, enabling the glove to close naturally and easily
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    Modified trap web that has no show, and includes great ball snagging
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    Tennessee tanning leather laces
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    Wool blend padding for extra cushion
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    Authentic pro patterns

CONS

  • Recommended for adult/elite players

Essentially the same glove as above, the only difference is the two piece web that some pitchers may prefer.

Rawlings Pitchers Gloves

Rawlings PRO1175BPF Heart of the Hide Dual Core Series - Rawlings Pitchers Gloves

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    Authentic pro patterns
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    Heart of the Hide traditional leather shell
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    Deer-tanned cowhi``de lining
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    Top notch feel
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    40% player break-in
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    Dual Core Technology - Internal Layer with Position-Specific Break Points Enabling Natural Closure
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    Tennessee Tanning Pro Grade Lacing for Added Durability
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    Two-piece solid web

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  • Recommended for adult/elite players

Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

Buying one of the best Baseball Gloves under $100 is an obtainable goal. For less than $100 bucks, there are plenty of quality gloves out there. You don't need to shell out $500 bucks for a premier glove.

Finding the right glove for you starts with affordability. You don't want to be paying for a glove that's going to put a big hole in your wallet. But at the same time you do want a quality glove that will perform to the level that you want.

Being frugal while looking for a glove will keep you from stressing out after the purchase. Knowing you purchased an affordable glove that meets your standards will satisfy you after you buy it.

Now, with that being said, let's take a look at some of the best gloves on the market going for less than $100 bucks.

Our choice

Mizuno MVP Prime

Mizuno Franchise

Rawlings RCS Series

Easton Mako Comp Series

Mizuno Mvp Prime 11.25" Baseball Glove Gmvp1125p1 Deep Iii-V - best Baseball Gloves under $100
Mizuno GFN1100B1 Franchise Right Handed Throw Baseball Infield Glove - best Baseball Gloves under $100
Rawlings Sporting Goods Youth Custom Series Glove - best Baseball Gloves under $100
Easton EMKC1150 11.5" RHT Mako Comp Infield Baseball Glove/Mitt - best Baseball Gloves under $100

Brand

Mizuno

Mizuno

Rawlings

Easton

A glove that can be found on other sites for up to $150 bucks, the Mizuno MVP Prime here on Amazon is a steal at this price.

Known for their high quality gloves, this Mizuno Prime features a center pocket design to sharpen fielding. An added thumb grip gives buyers additional comfort and support while keeping the thumb nice and cool.

This glove was designed for players looking to reach the next skill level with a high quality glove. Professional leather coats the entire glove, giving it a sharp look and the performance of an elite glove.

Check out this 11.25" inch, I-Web today!

Mizuno MVP Prime Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

Mizuno MVP Prime 11.25'' Glove - Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

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    11.25" inches of high quality, exceptional feel, and plus leather
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    Extra comfort on the wrist and hands
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    Outlined, embroidered logo
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    Deep III-V I-Web padded to fit your hand
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    Steer soft palm lining made from genuine steerhide providing exceptional comfort and durability for the ultimate palm lining
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    Conventional open back
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    Professional style glove
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    Oil soft plus leather composed of the perfect mix of oiled softness and firm control to meet all of your fielding needs

CONS

  • At this price, there are none!

Staying on the line of Mizuno, the Franchise 11.75" model is another great glove, at a great price.

Mizuno, in my opinion, is up there with both Rawlings and Wilson.

Pre-oiled, java leather gives this Franchise model a unique blend of style, and swagger to elevate your game. Made for any level of ball players, this I-Web gives buyers game ready feel and long lasting quality. As one buyer put it "I bought this glove three years ago, and as of today it still feels brand new."

Mizuno continues to impress, and expect nothing less from the Franchise series.

Mizuno GFN1100B1 Franchise Right Handed Throw Baseball Infield Glove Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

Mizuno GFN1100B1 Franchise Right Handed Throw Baseball Infield Glove - Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

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    Hi-low lacing maintains the principles of this fully laced web, while providing added flexibility for easier closure
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    Deep III-I-Web
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    ParaShock palm padding which is Mizuno's exclusive palm padding; absorbs shock reducing palm pain
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    Comfortable hand based patterns
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    Superb protection in both exterior and interior
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    Pro design but made for all skill levels
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    Pre-0iled Java leather

CONS

  • At this price, there aren't any

A personal favorite of mine, and my current glove, the Rawlings RCS Series is an impeccable glove with a sweet design.

Just a 10% player break in, the RCS come to your door game ready. An 11.75" design, the RCS feels a bit smaller on the hand, giving users amazing feel around the diamond.

The RCS features a trapeze web with a strong web, for any ground ball or pop fly. Offered in a variety of color schemes, it's hard not to like the RCS.

Full grain leather shell covers the glove, giving a pristine look on the field. This glove enables users to show off their sense of style with the glove on their hand. Rawhide lacing creates a durable pocket, and a comfortable feel.

Additionally, the palm and index pockets limit the sting on hard ground balls and throws. Another bargain, the RCS is truly a $100 glove, at half the price.

Rawlings Sporting Goods Youth Custom Series Glove Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

Rawlings Sporting Goods Youth Custom Series Glove - Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

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    Conventional back features a wide opening above the wrist
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    Modified Trap-Eze is an extremely strong web with great ball snagging functionality for all positions
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    Full grain leather shell material
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    Unique pro pattern designs
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    Modeled After Authentic Rawlings Pro Patterns
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    Rawhide lacing for extra strong and durable protection
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    Custom design without the custom price tag
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    Lasting structure design, limited wear and tear

CONS

  • Let me know when you find one

Easton is known for their fine line of baseball equipment, but not too many know they actually make gloves. And some of the best gloves too.

This MAKO Comp series is one of the sweetest gloves your two eyes will ever see. MAKO glove line focuses on a fast glove, made with premium material, ergonomic construction, and internal design details that give players a softer glove with maximum comfort and speed.

This glove enables users to be more swift around the diamond in times of need. Easton’s premium glove line is perhaps their best glove on the market.

This glove is offered in a variety of sizes too! What’s not to love about this glove?

Easton EMKC1150 11.5" RHT Mako Comp Infield Baseball Glove/Mitt - Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

Easton EMKC1150 11.5" RHT Mako Comp Infield Baseball Glove/Mitt - Best Baseball Gloves Under $100

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    Kip leather tanned to the glove for easy break in and a look of a one of a kind ball glove
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    Oiled by hand and features sheepskin lining for comfort and beauty
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    Molded pad to the back of the hand
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    Padded pinky loop and thumb loops
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    Different variations for the glove, including sizes, and of course gloves for each position
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    11 1/4″, 11 1/2″, and 11 3/4″ offered for the infield glove for your personal preference
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    Different types of webbing offered for each glove
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    Very light glove which offers support in all essential locations
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    Durable and long lasting

CONS

  • Pricey glove and not one of the top “named brands” on the market
  • Some may be turned off to the color scheme

Ambidextrous baseball gloves for mystical wonders

Ambidextrous baseball gloves for truly mystical wonders

Are special ambidextrous baseball gloves so common? Only one percent of Americans are ambidextrous, and the number of ambidextrous baseball players is even less than that. Ambidextrous players are truly mystical wonders. While there have been several ambidextrous players in the game over the years, pitchers have been much more rare. 

In fact, since 1894, there have only been two ambidextrous pitchers, most notably Pat Venditte of the Toronto Blue Jays. Venditte was drafted in the 45th round of the 2007 MLB draft by the New York Yankees. He didn't make his MLB debut however, till June 5th of last year. Since he was three years old, Venditte has been throwing ambidextrous.

Ambidextrous baseball players are far and few. Let's take a look at some of the pros and cons of these throwers, and the ambidextrous baseball gloves they use.

Our choice

An all black model, the 12" Akameda ambidextrous model is made of prosoft leather all around the glove.

A six finger design allows users to use both hands as they please. An ambidextrous web is located on both sides of the glove. The web is more flexible and versatile than most but it very secure and keeps its shape.

Maximum comfort on the palm on wrist is guaranteed for both hands, left or right. Wrist straps are located on each side of the glove, giving users the ultimate feel control for whatever hand.

This 12" design can be used in the infield or outfield too. A trapeze styled web on both sides will secure balls hit no matter how hard or high.

Akadema Ambidextrous Glove - Ambidextrous baseball gloves

Akadema Ambidextrous Glove - Ambidextrous baseball gloves

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    Ambidextrous glove made for throwers of both arms
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    Open back
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    Prosoft leather covering the entirety of the glove
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    Max comfort on the palm, wrist, and in the six finger stalls
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    Two wrist straps located at both sides of the glove
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    Black color scheme that keeps its color of years of wear and tear
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    Medium-deep pocket to secure the ball no matter what hand you're using

CONS

  • Some buyers didn't like the size of the glove as it was too big for a few

Pros of ambidextrous baseball players

  • Ambidextrous Pitchers Advantage Over Batters: Since they can switch dominance between hands, these pitchers have truly a unique ability of choosing which hand to throw which will give them the best matchup facing the batter. Conventional wisdom tells us that when a pitcher and a batter face each other, both having the same dominant arm, i.e. lefty vs lefty, the pitcher has the upper hand. This is simply because of the break on certain pitches, and the angle the pitchers have off the mound.
  • Pitching With Both Arms Relieves Wear and Tear: Because they split up their pitches thrown by using both arms, their arms will have distributed the wear and tear somewhat evenly, although not 50-50. Throwing with both arms will relieve pitchers from overthrowing on one particular arm.
  • It Will Help You Gain Notice From Scouts and Coaches: Being ambidextrous will certainly help you stand out from the crowd. While this can be a good thing, it can also be stressful at times. With talent however, being ambidextrous will help you become scouted earlier on.
  • Outfielders Will Have a Great Advantage If They Can Use Both HandsA versatile outfielder is always welcomed in clubhouses across the country. But a ambidextrous one is a true diamond in the rough. A dual arm outfielder can play any position in the outfield.

Cons of ambidextrous baseball players

  • Requires a big time commitment: Learning how to throw using your non-dominant hand doesn't happen overnight. And even if you're somewhat ambidextrous, refining that motion is a task that will take years and years of hard work and dedication. Unless you're willing to put the time in to refine these skills, it's recommended that you don't take up throwing with both arms.
  • More Stress on the Back: Since you're using your entire back and shoulder muscles by using both arms, your back is bound to get sore and achy at some point. Nothing major, but still back stiffness can be very painful at times.
  • Fielding Can be Difficult With the Non-Dominant Hand: When fielding with your non-dominant hand, things can be a lot trickier. Being able to field the ball and throw it over to first, or wherever in the infield, might be a tougher throw than using your dominant hand. Getting a perfect soft touch throw using your non-dominant hand is much more difficult as opposed to your dominant hand, where you know just how hard and far you want to throw it.

Best of the Best Series: H-Web Infield Gloves

Some players prefer certain types of webbing for their specific glove. H-web gloves have two strips of leather over the webbing, one going vertically the other horizontally. They can have more than just two strips, but typically you’ll see only two. You’ll see most H-webs over at third base, and from time to time in the outfield. But it’s not uncommon for a middle infielder, like shortstop Corey Seager, to use one. Let’s take a look at some of the better infield H-web designs, and their specifics.

Marucci Honor The Game Series

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Marucci is a little known company, compared to the likes of Wilson, Nike, and Rawlings. But don’t be mistaken, Marucci still makes a top notch glove. The Marucci HTG (Honor the Game) series compliments their original Founder’s series, but with an added element. The HTG series incorporates Pro Designs, including the new H-web design. With each glove skilfully and hand individually hand crafted, the HTG series is a premium glove for any infielder looking for an H-web model. While the open back provides closure and improved durability and weight, the soft cowhide palm lining provides a supple feel for better comfort and break in. Behind all of its great technology and looks, the HTG is an 11.75″ design which will help you achieve excellence at any infield position.

Pros:

  • Skilfully handcrafted to the likening of each individual
  • Breaks in fairly quickly, but keeps it’s shape over time
  • Excellent durability thanks to cowhide leather
  • Open back distributing the gloves thick leather evenly
  • Premium Japanese tanned, USA-A-grade steerhide shell leather provides a more game ready feel with superior durability
  • Individual custom fit
  • Split gray finger welting
  • Big League-preferred thin heel padding for better feel and break-in

Cons:

  • Very thick glove, some had complaints about the heavier feel

Wilson Showtime Series A800

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It’s not an A2000, but for its price, Wilson’s Showtime A800 is hard to beat. On top of its double palm construction for better break in, the A800 is dual welted for a deeper, more durable pocket. The double palm construction is a thin, strategically cut piece of leather placed between the palm liner and outer shell, providing maximum pocket stability. This old school look glove gives users a great throwback feel and look. With so many great attributes, the finest of all may be its utility style making, making it a great choice off the shelf for any infielder.

Pros:

  • Full leather construction, including leather shell, laces, and palm liner, all for exceptional break in
  • Low profile heel makes glove for forgiving on bad hop grounders
  • Great control
  • Large pocket and flexibility for unpredictable hops
  • Ready from Day One, this glove will be ready when you are
  • Open back
  • Full grain leather
  • Utility model handy for any infielder
  • Dual welting for a durable, lasting pocket

Cons:

  • Glove is on the more lighter, smaller side

Rawlings Heart of the Hide Custom Color Series: PRO175CBOH

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One of Rawlings custom series gloves, the Heart of Hide PRO model is for the elite player, look a premium glove. At 11.75″, the Heart of the Hide custom series has 100% leather linings for soft feel and full grasp control when fielding. Authentic pro patterns give this glove a one of a kind look. While Rawlings as has long been known for making quality gloves, the HOH (heart of hide) color series fully exceeds expectations. This glove is a true rarity, combined with its unique sense of flash but core values.

Pros:

  • Tennessee Tanning Pro Laces
  • Deer-tanned cowhide lining
  • Heart of the Hide traditional leather shell
  • Two piece H-web
  • Stock custom colored glove
  • Leather linings for lasting structure and durability

Cons:

  • Stiff glove at first
  • Takes a while to break in, 60% player break in

Wilson A2000 1786 Model

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One of the best gloves in the game, we all have heard of Wilson’s A2000, but the 1786 model takes it to a whole new level. At 11.5″, the 1786 design is composed of Wilson’s typical pro stock leather for a long lasting glove. Though a very pricey glove to say the least, an A2000 truly does last a lifetime. Featuring an H-web with double X laces, the 1786 design is one of Wilson’s higher echelon gloves. This tan model is a sweet looking glove with a sweet looking feel. The DriLex wrist lining keeps your hand cool on those hot summer days, and free of excess moisture. Pick this glove up today on Amazon and save neary $30!

Pros:

  • Dual welting pocket for a more durable and prominent pocket
  • Pro stock leather which is long lasting and assists in breaking the glove in
  • Pro stock patterns
  • Rolled dual welting-enabling the glove to retain shape over time
  • Deep pocket keeping balls inside the glove, but easy for players to grab and fire quickly
  • DriLex wrist lining-ultra breathable-moisture wicking material

Cons:

  • Glove is on the stiff side
  • $$

Best of the Best: Top Youth Catcher’s Mitt

Best of the Best: Top Youth Catchers Mitt

Catching at the youth level, is perhaps the most demanding position on the diamond. A quality catcher needs many skills to his name in order to enhance his skills behind the plate. But first and foremost, any catcher needs a quality glove. Let's take a look at some of the best youth catchers mitt out there now!

Our choice for Top Youth Catchers Mitt

Easton Stars and Stripes

Mizuno Prospect GXC112

Under Armour Deception Series

Wilson A360 Youth Catcher's Mitt

Easton Stars and Stripes - Top Youth Catchers Mitt
Mizuno Prospect GXC112 - Top Youth Catchers Mitt
Under Armour Deception Series - Top Youth Catchers Mitt
Wilson A360 Youth Catcher's Mitt - Top Youth Catchers Mitt

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Easton

Mizuno

Under Armour

Wilson

Easton has a fine line of gloves available, but this particular youth catcher's glove really is eye appealing.

This H-web design is an extremely lightweight glove, resulting in great flexibility and ideal for the young catchers out there.

The 3-piece Z-flex palm allows for easy close and easy control. The glove has a flexible pocket which is deep enough for use but also perfect for getting the ball out and quick deliveries. The perforated grip palm lining gives users better control and feel.

Users also will be able to show off a bit of USA Pride with the color scheme on this cool new glove!

Easton Stars and Stripes - Top Youth Catchers Mitt

Easton Stars and Stripes - Top Youth Catchers Mitt

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    Easy break in for a catcher's glove
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    Lose, flexible feelPerforated grip palm lining for better control
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    3-piece Z-FLEX palm allows for easy closing
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    Great price!
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    Lightweight and durable, long lasting
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    Retained shape over years of use
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    Perfect for youth players with smaller hands
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    The red on the glove stands out very well for pitchers as a target for aquisition
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    Easy closing, no stress on the hands

CONS

  • Not all catchers will like the color scheme on this glove

Looking for a glove to boost your catching skills? The Mizuno Prospect GXC112 is just the one for you then.

This glove truly does make catching easy. The patented powerlock closure gives catcher's an easy, efficient closing of the glove to keep balls from popping out of the pocket. The gloves original technology is perfect for youth catchers out there, as this is a simplistic model but offers everything a youth catch needs. The glove helps catchers learn how to catch the right way, getting the ball in the pocket and staying in there.

The butter soft palm lining soothes out the bottom half of the glove, giving it a great texture and also a great all around feel. A 31.5" model, the GXC112 is also very affordable, typical for Mizuno gloves. But this isn't a knock on them either, they make a great line of gloves, with quality comparable to Wilson and Rawlings. The glove also features a conventional back opening.

Mizuno Prospect GXC112 - Top Youth Catchers Mitt

Mizuno Prospect GXC112 - Top Youth Catchers Mitt

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    ParaShock™ palm pad and butter soft lining in selected models reduce shock to minimize sting
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    V-Flex notch making it easier for users to get the ball into the glove
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    Smaller hand and finger openings for ideal youth fit
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    Two-pieced closed webbing for easy catching
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    Outstanding protection all around the glove, and most importantly in the pocket
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    Easy hinge and trap for blocking balls in the dirt
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    Soft leather that speeds up breaking in process
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    Great price!
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    Easy use, and great durability
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    Great pocket for smaller, youth hands

CONS

  • Some users noticed the catching glove turned black from the paint
  • Not a glove for teens who are catching pitchers who throw harder

This youth catcher's mitt features a typical 31.5" design, and a conventional open back. The two piece webbing is vertically laced for a unique look and secure closure. This feature also reduces the likelihood snapped lace or broken web.

The smaller fit is ideal for youth players with smaller hands, but don't be fooled there's plenty of space in the wrist slot for the hand. A travel ball player of high quality would benefit the most from this glove, as the technology is suited more for an experienced player.

The mitt is insanely durable, and will last season after season.

The deep pocket is an ideal addition for the youth level, making it easier for catchers to suck up balls out of the dirt or on a backhand. The most unique aspect of this mitt is its perforated back which reduces weight but also retaining its durability.

Under Armour Deception Series - Top Youth Catchers Mitt

Under Armour Deception Series - Top Youth Catchers Mitt

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    Steerhide leather construction for exceptional durability and easier break in
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    Thick heel and toe pads-ideal for receiving and keeping balls in the pocket
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    Wide, deep pocket--deeper than most Under Armour gloves--but also allows users an easy exchange of the ball
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    PTH padding for feel and absorbing balls caught in the middle of the glove, limits shock, extends life of glove
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    High quality leather, and design, matching pro styled gloves
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    Unique and cool design along the outside frame of the glove
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    Closed web for secure laces and tightness

CONS

  • Glove is designed mainly for elite players, and may be difficult for the inexperienced catcher
  • Long break in time
  • Some users thought the glove was too stiff

Another 31.5" design, the A360 isn't just "another" catcher's mitt. This youth glove is one of the sweetest mitts on the market right now.

The web and palm design go hand in hand, making it perfect for stopping any errant throw. Crafted from durable pigskin leather, the glove is as comfortable of a catcher's glove you will find. While also being game ready in no time, and giving users the feel of a pro style glove.

The black scheme is a sharp color, which is hard to compete with. It's also available in both hands, a rarity for catcher's mitts. A half moon web keeps the glove flexible but also concrete in its foundation. Finding a better youth catcher's mitt then A360 is no easy task.

Wilson A360 Top Youth Catchers Mitt

Wilson A360 Top Youth Catchers Mitt

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    Game ready feel
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    Pro style, and feel glove but with all of the makings of a youth glove
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    Available for righties and lefties
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    Perfect for the experienced and inexperienced player
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    Soft material and lasting structure
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    Moon web beneficial for quick exchanges
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    Adjustable wrist strap, leaving room for the hand to grow and various hand sizes

CONS

  • Some users felt the gloves was too flimsy and didn't keep its shape