Baseball Gloves and Mitts - Find the Perfect Glove for your Style of Play
Shop the best baseball glove brands at Baseball360
The baseball glove, or mitt as they are also called, is a crucial piece of equipment for any baseball player. Gloves and mitts come in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on your hand size, age and field position. Here at Baseball360, we have quality baseball gloves and mitts from all the biggest brands.
What baseball gloves brands do we offer?
Mizuno baseball gloves
Founded in 1906 in Osaka, Japan, by two brothers, Mizuno is now one of the leading brands in the sport industry and especially baseball. Their baseball gloves gained worldwide recognition and are chosen by amateur and top baseball players alike.
Nike baseball gloves
The famous Nike brand may not be as well known in the baseball world as some other brands but they catch up really quick. Their baseball gloves, for example, are among the best in the baseball world. A lot of professional teams have chosen Nike gear as their official gear. This is how you know, Nike baseball gloves are strong and resilient. As of 2018, Nike is also the official MLB supplier.
Rawlings baseball gloves
Established in 1887, Rawlings provides durable and sturdy baseball gloves. They are among the best in the industry and many professional teams use Rawlings gear for their top athletes. Moreover, as of 2013, Rawlings was the most chosen glove of current MLB players.
Under Armour baseball gloves
As a fairly recent company, around since 1996, Under Armour made a name for itself by providing players, whether amateurs or professionals, with strong and durable equipment. This also applies to their baseball and in particular to baseball gloves. They are rigorously manufactured and are among the best available in the industry.
Wilson baseball gloves
Founded in 1913 in Chicago, Illinois, Wilson quickly rose in the sport industry as a brand to be reckoned with. Their baseball gear and attire is especially famous. Wilson Baseball Gloves are known to be reliable as well as strong and durable.
B45 baseball gloves
Established in 2004 in Québec City, B45 knew it had to make enough noise to rise against the giant of the baseball industry and they did! They're now manufacturing a wide array of baseball gear that caters to the needs of baseball players all around the world. Their baseball gloves are especially well-made with precision sewing making them great for any player.
Easton baseball gloves
Now part of the Rawlings group, Easton is still around with sturdy, reliable and strong baseball gear including the finest baseball gloves available in the industry. Whether it is for amateur players or professional athletes, Easton baseball gloves are the ones they're looking for.
Louisville Slugger Baseball Gloves
Although they're more known for their strong wooden baseball bats, Louisville Slugger, established in 1855 in Louisville, Kentucky, also manufactures reliable and sturdy baseball gloves. They're among the best baseball gloves manufacturer out there.
No matter if you are looking for adult or youth gloves we have it all from these top baseball brands. Don't forget to check your glove is best suited for you before buying it as some brands make gloves specifically for certain ballplayer positions.
What types of baseball gloves do we offer?
You need to make sure when purchasing a baseball glove that it is the perfect one for you. Factors that determine what glove is best for you are things such as your age, your hand size, and where on the field you play. Your position on the ball field is the biggest deciding factor on which glove is ideal for you. You can filter for various glove dimensions at Baseball360 to find the perfect one for you.
The best infield gloves we offer use strong, good quality leather that helps the glove keep its shape longer. Furthermore, it makes the infield glove overall more durable.
Infielder gloves have five fingers and usually come with open webbing. They are also shallower than other gloves, with the shallow pocket and open webbing you can release the ball and throw it a lot quicker than, for example, the deeper glove of the catcher. Some basemen may go for a glove that is slightly deeper or has more of a cushion to deal with the faster and harder balls used to put opposition players out. For this position, we recommend that you look for a glove that lays in the 11'' to 12.25'' long.
Like pitchers and catchers, players playing in outfielders positions require their own unique variant of baseball glove: the outfield glove. As they are the team's last line of defense, they require a glove that has the necessary webbing, padding as well as length so they can catch in fly balls as well as grounders with ease.
Outfield gloves are made a lot deeper and also longer than infield gloves and mitts. Being made this way gives the outfield ballplayers extra reach and allows them to catch balls out of the air. Depending on how you play, you can opt for the more open webbing to get the ball out of the mitt and thrown away quicker or you can go for the tighter-stitched webbing for a more secure catch. For this position, we recommend that you look for a glove that lays in the 12.5'' to 12.75'' long.
More modern gloves and mitts more times than not will have solid webbing. This is so the pitcher can hide his fingers from the hitter so the hitter won't be able to tell what type of pitch he is going to throw next. Pitchers have generally enjoyed playing with a glove that measured between 11.5'' and 12.5''.
A pitcher can generally use any kind of glove. As the pitcher is actively trying to deceive the batter, the best type of glove for a pitcher is one that possess a closed web that dissimulates the ball and hand grip from the batter. Check out our collection of pitcher gloves.
First Base gloves
The first base glove of a player in a first base position is longer and possesses a solid, curved edge to the design. This design makes it easier for the athlete to scoop wild throws as well as to stop ground balls down the line.
First base gloves are slightly bigger as they have deeper pockets as part of their design which increases the chances of a more secure catch. They also have an oval, very rounded shape allowing them to scoop balls up out of the ground. To allow the space for a deeper pocket, first base players generally play with a glove that measures between 12'' and 13''.
Catchers mitts are called this way instead of "gloves" because they lack individual fingers, like mittens to protect from the cold. Catchers mitts have extra padding as well as a hinged, claw-like shape that helps the mitts funnel fastballs into the pocket as well as provide a good target for pitchers.
Catcher's gloves and mitts also have a deeper pocket design with additional padding to cushion the constant barrage of pitches. The webbing is usually always solid for a better and safer catch. The catcher's mitt is the biggest, most catcher's glove range between 32.5'' and 34''.
Baseball batting gloves
Baseball Batting Gloves are used to have a better, firmer grip on the baseball bat. Whether it is for a wooden, metal or alloy baseball bat, a pair of baseball batting gloves is always useful as they better absorb the shock of the ball on the bat.
When a player is batting, a glove is worn to protect the hand from the impact and the rubbing against the bat. The glove is also there to help players gain a tighter grip on the bat, the sweat can impact the grip making it hard to do an impactful hit.
Baseball training gloves
Baseball Training Gloves are especially useful for practice hours. They give a good idea of what to expect with actual baseball gloves.
Materials and features to consider when buying baseball gloves and mitts
After finding the type of glove that is best for you, you must then find what materials and features are best suited for your style of play. You want something that is going to be comfortable for you but at the same time, you need it to be durable and perform. All our gloves are made with premium materials, letting you spend more time playing the game you love.
Materials to consider when buying a new glove or mitt:
- Synthetic Leather Gloves - A lightweight and flexible option. Easy to close with minimal “break-in” time so you are good to play straight away.
- Cowhide and Leather mix gloves - Heavier than the synthetic leather but not as heavy as some of the more superior variety of leathers. With a little break-in time, this is a good option for teenage players as it is a little heavier and firmer without being too heavy and stiff.
- High-end Steerhide gloves - A heavy option but with the weight comes durability. Harder to break-in but a great option if you play a lot of games in a season as it will last.
- Kip leather gloves - A softer leather that doesn't need as much break-in time. A lighter alternative to cowhide leather gloves. This material is used in a lot of premium baseball gloves.
- Full Grain Leather gloves - This is the most popular material in pro gloves and mitts. It performs great whilst being durable too. A heavy and firm glove that will require a larger break-in time.
Glove and mitt features to consider for fastpitch or slowpitch:
There is specific gear for all styles of baseball; slowpitch, fastpitch, youth baseball, and women's baseball. Find the perfect feature knowing your preferences, your position and your style of play.
- Webbing - Do you need open or closed webbing for your game? Are you looking to release the ball and throw it quickly or is the secure catch more important for your position?
- Palm Protection - Depending on your position you may want more padding if you are on the end of constant fast or hard throws.
- Heel Protection - Extra padding to save the bottom of your hand from hard or fastballs.
- Lacing - What kind of shape suits you best? How stiff do you want your glove?
- Glove Hinge - This allows for easy access to the glove.
- Wrist Adjustments - This is not standard on gloves but is a great feature for getting a comfortable fit every time you wear your glove.
- D- Ring fastener - This allows you to tighten and loosen your glove's lacing so you can find the most comfortable fit.
How to measure a baseball glove? / How to size a baseball glove?
Have you just found an old baseball glove and you want to figure out what size it is? To measure a baseball glove, place your measurement tool at the tip of the index finger and run it along the palm all the way to the heel of the glove. If it is an adult glove, the measurements should run between 11'' and 13''. If it is a youth glove, you can expect a measurement between 9'' and 12''.
What size baseball glove do I need?
If you are playing baseball in a league as an amateur, you can simply base yourself on the position that you hold to choose the right glove size for you. Each position requires different characteristics when it comes to baseball gloves and catcher's mitts.
What baseball glove size for youth baseball players?
If you are buying a glove for a child here follow this table chart that gives an average depending on the age of kids and the average development of that demographic. If you know that the child in question is bigger or smaller than the average, it is for you to make the call and pick a bigger or smaller size. Visit us in store and our employees will be able to help you identify the perfect glove for your needs.
As you can see the gloves are not separated depending on position but rather by the size of the child. Around the age of 11-12 is when they start to wear bigger gloves and play more seriously.
How to break in a baseball glove
On the internet you can find many different techniques that can sometimes be questionable to break in a baseball glove. Find out one of the oldest techniques and the most reliable one that will perfectly break in the baseball glove. To begin, you can always use a glove oil to soften the surface of the leather and make it easier to break in.
Breaking in your baseball glove is essential for long-term care
To break in a glove you will need a set of equipment: a mallet, a baseball and a large elastic. Hit the inside of the glove depending on how you want it to fit on your hand and how you want it to hold the ball. Fold it and hit it with the mallet in the edge of the heel of the glove to help the glove fold easier. Hit the mallet in the pocket of the mitt to make the pocket stretchier to catch the balls. You can also leave the ball inside the glove and attach the glove around the ball by holding it with an elastic. This will help break in the globe and find a proper hold for the ball.
How long do baseball gloves last?
Gloves can last a long time if they are well maintained by the owner. Professional players can generally use the same glove for 4 and more seasons. A baseball glove should be replaced when catching a ball hurts your hand and it feels like there is no more protection. When the glove is not being used, place the glove in a dry area covered from the rays of the sun.
How to clean a baseball glove
We recommend that you purchase our glove oil. This will help to keep the leather nice and smooth as well as strong. Spray a little bit of oil on the glove and spread it with a cloth evenly on the surface.
- Using a soft brush, brush off any dust and dirt that may have built up over use.
- Clean with a damp cloth using leather soap or even some shaving cream.
- Allow it to dry out after removing any leftover soap from the cravasses.
We suggest that you do not soak your baseball glove entirely in water, this may affect the quality of the leather. If your glove is fully soaked in water, you can place it in the sun to ensure that it dries correctly.