How to Buy a Baseball Glove

Buying a baseball glove can be hard work. If you don't know how to get the right baseball glove then it can impact you in the field. Here's how to do it.


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    Determine what type of glove you need. Are you an outfielder who needs a big deep pocket to help catch those fly balls? Or are you an infielder who wants a smaller glove in order to scoop up grounders, and quickly throw the ball to first without having to find it in your glove? Usually an outfielder will use a 11 3/4" to 13" glove. (It should be noted that in pro baseball 12" is the maximum size, though this rule is not strictly enforced). Infielders need a smaller glove, usually 11" to 12" so they can quickly make a glove to hand transition.
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    First basemen will need a proper mitt, so will Catchers. These are usually labeled and appear very different from regular gloves. They do not have fingers but rather one very large catching surface, this makes it easier to grab and hold onto a hard thrown ball that misses the pocket.
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    Visit your local sports store, look at all the gloves. You want the highest quality you can afford. Pick up a glove in your price range, does it look good? How does the stitching look? Does the leather feel? Try it on, it has to fit well now or it'll never fit. You will notice that some gloves are softer than others. Generally the softer ones will be easier to break in, but won't last as long as as one made of a harder leather. Most pro gloves will be made of harder leather.
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    There you go, that's how to select a baseball glove.


  • Brands like Wilson, Rawlings, and Easton make some great gloves.
  • If you want prefer US made products, Nocona is the only company that makes gloves here in the United States. They are very well made, made of very good leather, but are a bit expensive.
  • It can't be stressed enough that the glove should fit well in the store.


  • Make sure you know how to catch before you buy a good glove!!

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