Baseball is a centuries-old sport, popularized by iconic figures such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays. For the first decade of his life, baseball was played with virtually nothing, but a ball and a bat. FIELDERS did not wear specialized gloves outside the mittens work to fill their hands. Much has changed since then, as gloves are now made specific to each post played on the diamond. Choosing the best baseball glove for you can be confusing, but by focusing on your position, hand size and comfort the glove can help.
- Measure the size of your hand. Take a tape measure and measure from the base of the palm to the end of your middle finger. Enter the value down because it will help you choose the best glove for you. Most youthful gloves are between 8 and 11 inches, while adult gloves can vary from up to 12 to 14 inches.
- Write down your budget for your baseball glove purchase. High quality baseball gloves can be very expensive because they are made from leather and hand sewn for a solid but comfortable structure. Lower quality gloves are much cheaper, but are usually made of synthetic leather and are machine-made. If you buy a glove for a young player, it is wise to choose a cheaper leather glove because the player will probably emerge the glove in a year or two. Adult players should buy high quality gloves, which they will last a long time.
- Access your sports premises good store or baseball specialty store. Do not forget to bring your written budget for reference. Go to the baseball gloves section and look for the options that fit your budget, hand and position.
- Try at least three or four of the gloves that match your criteria. Feel how they fit your hand, and comfortable they are to use. The gloves have wool inside, while others have the microfibre cloth. Have a shop employee throw you some baseballs to catch and see how each glove is moving. Looking for a glove that offers ample padding in the palm, fits your hand well and is not slipping and bends easily and without too much effort. A high quality leather glove that fits these categories will probably be the best baseball glove for you.