By: John Berrian-September 13, 2007
In this article, John Berrian outlines a piece of equipment that is more than just a piece of leather. Many grownups still have the gloves they grew up with as young children. The glove can serve as a reminder of a time when things in life were much more simple and carefree. Anything and everything you need to know about your glove is right here!
Choosing Your Glove:
-Make sure you select a glove that fits your hand firmly but not too tight.
-Middle infielders would ideally like to have a smaller glove. The reason for the smaller glove is that the player should field like he has a paddle on his glove hand. The player should think about being able to transfer the ball out of his glove after the ball is fielded. Having a smaller glove allows this transition to take place more quickly.
-Corner infielders can have larger gloves but this is purely up to the kid individually and what they prefer. Some kids may prefer a first basemanâs mitt while others may not. Again, go with what they feel comfortable with!
-Pitchers should have closed webbing on the glove so they do not tip their pitches to the hitter. The size of their glove should be what they prefer.
-An outfielder needs more glove space to catch fly balls and make plays on the run. An extra inch can be the difference in a catch or a double in the gap! However, the glove should not be so big as to hinder the playerâs ability to catch the ball.
Breaking in your Glove:
-The best way to break in a glove is to play catch with it as much as possible.
-Pound your fist into the glove to continue to loosen the leather.
-Some people will soak the glove or stick it in the oven. I do not feel this is necessary.
-Wrap the glove up with a baseball or softball to form your pocket.
Caring for your Glove:
-Never leave your glove laying flat. This can cause the glove to lose its pocket and resemble a pancake!
-Condition the glove when needed. I prefer the âgreaseâ type substance over an âoilâ type substance.
-Stick a baseball or softball in your glove in the off-season and wrap it up. This helps the glove to keep its pocket longer.
-Treat your glove with care and respect. Some players love their gloves so much they will sleep with it! The condition of an individualâs glove says a lot about that playerâs dedication and respect for the game.
Other Things to Consider:
-Obviously, the price of a glove is going to be a factor in which glove a player chooses. Trust me, it is worth a few extra dollars to get a quality glove. I recommend the Rawlings Pro Preferred, Wilson A2000 and any glove made my Mizuno.
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About the Author: John Berrian is a 2003 graduate of Lexington High School. Berrian started at second base on the Wildcatsâ 2003 Upper State Championship and earned a baseball scholarship to Presbyterian College where he spent three years playing for coaches Doug Kovash and Elton Pollock. He served as a varsity assistant at Thornwell last season. Berrian is now an assistant coach at Gilbert High School.