A Guide to the best Types of Baseball Gloves

Baseball is a sport that has been around for hundreds of years. And while the sport has changed over that period of time, one thing that hasn’t changed is the use of the baseball glove. A Glove is the first thing you must buy if you wish to play the sport. With that being said, there are many different types of baseball gloves, that come in different shapes, colors, and sizes. This article will help you find the perfect glove that suits you!

Before we get into the specifics of the glove, we need to have a general understanding of it. This is a great image that shows the general parts of a glove. Here are the four basics parts of the glove that you should know.

Types of Baseball Gloves

This is a right handed glove, but the same applies to lefty as well.

Webbing:

The webbing comes in many different designs. Here are just a few:

  • I-web
  • Basket web
  • Closed web
  • Single Post web
  • Dual Post web
  • Modified Trapeze web
  • Trapeze web

Some players prefer different styles of webbing.

Outfielders: Nearly all outfielders use an H-web series or some version of the trapeze styled webbing. The H-web is just what it sounds like, the web is in the shape of an H. Click [easyazon_link identifier=”B00ZY4D2SY” locale=”US” tag=”bullpenaces-20″]here[/easyazon_link] for a better look at the H-web glove. The trapeze styled gloves have bigger pockets and can be seen [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KSVPU7E” locale=”US” tag=”bullpenaces-20″]here[/easyazon_link].

Middle Infielders (Shortstop and Second base): Typically most middle infielders I or H-web like some outfielders. [easyazon_link identifier=”B0177NHXO8″ locale=”US” tag=”bullpenaces-20″]This[/easyazon_link] is a good like at a typical I-web for middle infielders.

Third Baseman: In need of a deeper pocket for those hard and fast ground balls, third baseman will use trapeze gloves and [easyazon_link identifier=”B012YSA42Y” locale=”US” tag=”bullpenaces-20″]closed web gloves[/easyazon_link] as well. But also occasionally both I and H-web gloves as well.

Pitchers: Pitchers use closed web gloves a majority of the time.

Now that we have a basic understanding of the glove, let’s get into what each glove features, and some of the differences that each glove has to offer, based off of the position it is used for. We’ll work our way around the diamond starting at position #1, the pitcher.

Types of Baseball Gloves: PITCHER 

As mentioned earlier, pitchers typically used closed web gloves, the average size for pitchers gloves is roughly 11 and 3/4 of an inch. Some pitchers use bigger gloves, others use smaller ones, but generally pitchers don’t need as big of a glove like position players do. White gloves are not allowed at the major league level, this is because it would be extremely difficult for hitters to pick up the white ball, coming out of a white glove. Typically, most pitchers use a black or tan glove. With the exception of a few guys, like Pedro Martinez back in the day, and Chris Archer of the Rays. Archers cutting it pretty close to white, with that teal blue color, but I have to admit, it does look pretty sharp. If you’re in the market for a pitcher’s glove, it’s important to note that you shouldn’t buy an H or I-web design. This is because an opening in the web makes the ball visible to hitters, and although small, a batter may be able to pick up on what you’re throwing to them.

Size: 11-12.5 inches 

Types of Baseball Gloves: CATCHER

Catchers gloves or “mitts” (this is because the catcher’s glove doesn’t have separate slots to put individual fingers like the other gloves do) are obviously different from all of the types of baseball gloves that are used in the field. Catchers gloves require extra padding and a hinged, claw like shape that sets a big frame for pitchers and also helps fastball get into the pocket. The extra padding is intended for relieved pain when catching fastball, but most catchers still wear a batting glove under their catching had. Depending on the catcher, some use colors along the outskirts of the glove for the pitcher to be able to see without and issue. Catchers gloves are also the hardest, and most stiff off the shelf. Which makes them oftentimes the hardest to break in. Most catchers gloves have closed webbing, this is to limit the pounding that the glove takes from catching day in and day out. A catchers glove with an open webbing wouldn’t last nearly as long as one with a closed one. Check out these [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KU3EHX8″ locale=”US” tag=”bullpenaces-20″]catcher’s mitts[/easyazon_link] for a great selection!

Size: 33-35 inches 

Types of Baseball Gloves: FIRST BASEMAN 

First baseman’s glove actually looks similar to the catcher’s glove. But the first baseman’s glove doesn’t have the padding or support and doesn’t need a closed webbing. The design is similar, as they too must scoop balls out of the dirt, but it is more flexible than catcher’s mitts. Although they’re more flexible than catchers gloves, they still are more sturdier than the infielders glove; they don’t flop back and forth and will close easier as well. It’s more wide, and deep than any other glove. This is because the first baseman must be able scoop up and pick out errant throws from the dirt. But also be able to catch balls above his reach. Click [easyazon_link keywords=”first baseman glove” locale=”US” tag=”bullpenaces-20″]here[/easyazon_link] for a list of first baseman mitts.

Size: 12-13 inches

Types of Baseball Gloves: INFIELDERS

Infielders gloves are smaller than outfielders, this is because they must get the ball out as quickly as possible. Shortstops and second basemen use smaller gloves than third typically, this is because on double plays they really need to get the ball out of their glove and have small room for error. Third baseman need a little bit bigger of a glove due to the fact they’re a playing closer to the line, and balls are hit hardest usually to the third baseman. The open back webs make it easier for them to get their hands on the ball and quickly release it. Many infielders are very particular about who puts their hands in their glove. This is because they don’t want it getting out of shape, or the pocket becoming deeper. For a look at one of the best infielders gloves on the market, click [easyazon_link identifier=”B00KU4GZ6Y” locale=”US” tag=”bullpenaces-20″]here[/easyazon_link].

Size: 11.25-12 inches

Types of Baseball Gloves: OUTFIELDERS 

Outfielders have larger gloves, made for diving catches and high, towering fly balls that drop from the sky. They’re deeper and longer than infielder gloves and have extra support for the fingers. Their length gives the players the ability to go after balls that are above their head, and to the right or left of them. Outfielders don’t have to get the ball out as quickly as infielders (at least not all the time), so the bigger pocket is used to haul in fly balls. A good source for outfield gloves can be found [easyazon_link keywords=”outfield gloves” locale=”US” tag=”bullpenaces-20″]here[/easyazon_link].

Size: 12-13 inches

Baseball gloves are very unique. With so many different styles, and sizes, hopefully this article helped you find the right glove!

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