Best Baseball Gloves

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With the extremely large selection of baseball gloves available today, it can be time-consuming and a bit confusing when trying to purchase the right glove for you or your kid. Here’s a quick guide to help you find the right baseball glove:

* Position: There has been specialized gloves for catchers and first basemen, but today that specialization goes much further. In addition to catchers and first basemen, you can buy gloves for middle infielders, pitchers, third basemen, and outfielders. For the casual youth player, one basic infield glove will do the trick, but as you move up in play, you will probably need a glove specific to your position. Some players may need two or more gloves, depending on how many potential positions they may play.

* Size: Smaller gloves are preferred by infielders and larger gloves are preferred by outfielders. The size of the glove also depends on the players size. Getting the most comfortable size is the most important consideration.

* Open back versus closed back: This is merely a matter of personal taste and feel, though open back gloves may be a bit cooler in hot weather.

* Web design: This is also a matter of personal preference as there are many different designs to choose from.

* Quality: This depends on the level of play, the seriousness of the player, and the size of your wallet! Cheap gloves can be uncomfortable and difficult to break in. You should expect to pay over $50 for a quality glove. Serious players and high school athletes will be spending close to $200 or more to get good quality for their level of play. Get the best glove you can afford if you are a serious player - gloves do make a difference in the field.

Best Outfielder Glove:

Choosing the right glove is a tricky decision, because the wrong glove could really hinder your performance, especially in the outfield. Outfielder's gloves are designed to be long with deep pockets, thus giving the player every opportunity to reach that just-out-of-reach ball. The long glove allows player to not bend as far and helps with getting low for ground balls. Outfield gloves typically have twelve to twelve and three/quarter inch patterns, measured from the tip down to the wrist, considerably larger than an infielder's glove.

There were several factors considered when choosing these best outfielder gloves. Durability is a must and plays a major factor because you want a worn in, comfortable glove you can trust. The quality of materials plays just an important role in choosing the right glove since they lend to overall durability. If you want a glove to last, you need to spend a little bit extra. Lastly, price plays a factor as well.

Rawlings Primo PRM1200 Baseball Glove

While expensive, this is a glove for the serious outfielder, one which will last you forever, and never wear down. With the best materials available, and comfort to support a player's needs, this glove is worth spending a few extra dollars on because you'll never need another glove again. Read Full Review

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    Rawlings Primo PRM1200 Baseball Glove

    Rawlings Pro Preferred Baseball Glove

    At a slightly more reasonable price than the Primo series, you're still getting all the quality and durability with this glove. The fine, and supple kip leather ensures longevity, but also allows for a quick and easy break-in time. Anybody from little league to the major league would find this glove fantastic and you'd be lucky to snag it! Read Full Review

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      Rawlings Pro Preferred Baseball Glove

      Mizuno Classic Pro Soft GCP79S Outfielder Glove

      At a much affordable price, this glove does not sacrifice quality for cash. Mizuno prides themselves on quality products and each glove is hand inspected. This is a glove that won't bend or break on you and will keep you excelling in the outfield for years to come. Read Full Review

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        Mizuno Classic Pro Soft GCP79S Outfielder Glove

        Nokona X2-1275 Elite Baseball Glove

        Made in America from quality materials, this Nokona glove won't disappoint. Another pricey glove, but you just can't put a price on a quality product that you can trust to stand up to even the harshest circumstances. This glove will provide a fast and easy break-in time, and you won't need to trade it out anytime soon. Read Full Review

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          Nokona X2-1275 Elite Baseball Glove

          Louisville Slugger 12.75-Inch FG Omaha Flare Baseball Outfielders Glove

          At a much more reasonable price then some of the others listed, this glove is a great one for the younger player. The best part is, if the glove suits them, it will last a long, long, long time. It's made from durable materials and won't lose its shape, and also just looks really cool, with the flare and trapeze lacing design. Read Full Review

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            Louisville Slugger 12.75-Inch FG Omaha Flare Baseball Outfielders Glove

            Best Infielder Glove:

            In the early days of baseball, gloves were seen as feminine. Of course, when players started hitting the ball harder, people couldn't wait to get their hands inside a glove. With such a short amount of time to react to the ball, infielders need to have a quality glove they can trust, or they could get seriously injured. If you're willing to spend the money, a good glove can make a good player a great player, and a great player into a pro player.

            Middle infielders tend to prefer a smaller glove, so when they transfer the ball from glove to hand it's quick and seamless; not like a first base mitt requiring the ball to lodge itself in. Second basemen tend to want a smaller glove than shortstops, because of ease in getting the ball out and flipping it to 1st, or the shortstop respectively. Third base gloves are a bit different, as they are the player closest to home plate with the least amount of reaction time. They want as big a glove as they feel comfortable with to help with their reaction. A bigger glove also extends the third baseman's reach into foul territory and out of play.

            These best infielder gloves were boiled down to a few key factors such as the quality of materials they were manufactured with so you know that the glove will last a long time. The design/size of the glove, depending on the position you play, was also extremely important because if a second baseman were to play with a first baseman's mitt, the results would be horrible. You need a small, durable glove that you can count on at second base, allowing for quick and seamless transfers. And of course, price also plays into the equation of our picks, depending on what level and skill set you're at.

            Rawlings Primo PRM1150T Fielders Glove

            This glove may cost a little extra, but it’s top of the line. If you're a serious player and can afford it, this is the glove that puts all other gloves to shame. It's design will help snag balls, protect your hand and not wear out; everything crucial to the serious player. Read Full Review

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              Rawlings Primo PRM1150T Fielders Glove

              Mizuno GMP600 Pro Limited Edition Baseball Fielders Mitt

              This glove is among the best because it's durable, long lasting, stylish, and comfortable. Yes, it’s expensive, but there's a reason that there are multiple professional baseball players using this glove. It gets the job done time after time, and there will never be a need for a new glove after you get this one. Read Full Review

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                Mizuno GMP600 Pro Limited Edition Baseball Fielders Mitt

                WIlson A2000 Dustin Pedroia Baseball Glove 11.5"

                The materials can't be matched with this glove, making for a durable glove that stands the test of time. The lining decreases sweat for comfort arguably, allowing the player to concentrate more. Expensive but you'd be hard pressed to find a better infielder's glove, worth every penny for peace of mind. Read Full Review

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                  WIlson A2000 Dustin Pedroia Baseball Glove 11.5"

                  Louisville Slugger Pro Flare Baseball Infielders Glove 11.75"

                  With durability to last many seasons without worry of breaking in a new glove, and the speed to get the ball out of the web and to get the throw off, this glove combines both at a reasonable price. This is simply a quality glove through and through. Read Full Review

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                    Louisville Slugger Pro Flare Baseball Infielders Glove 11.75"

                    Wilson A2000 Infield Baseball Glove 11.25"

                    Durability, strength, transferring from glove to hand and price all play a factor in the best glove. This specific glove ticks all the right boxes. It will last you a long time, it's durable, and it has one of the smallest pockets in the game, allowing for the best possible transfer. It's pricey but a quality glove comes at a price. Read Full Review

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                      Wilson A2000 Infield Baseball Glove 11.25"

                      Best Catcher's Mitt:

                      A catcher’s mitt is, obviously,  worn exclusively by the catcher. The mitt has more padding than gloves from other positions and usually has some kind of closed web design. The goal for any good catcher's mitt is to protect the hand and securely catch the ball after every pitch. The larger, claw-shaped pocket also provides a good target for pitchers.

                      These best catcher's mitts boiled down to a few key factors including the sizes of the mitts which are extremely important. Unlike other positions, these mitts are measured by the circumference, and they typically have 32 to 34 inch patterns. Another factor in our selections is their durability and quality of materials which are a must, or else a player could really hurt themselves. Pricing also comes into play on these best picks since this is one glove type you really can't skimp on and lesser quality gloves will be easily noticed.

                      Rawlings Primo PRMCM Catcher's Mitt 32.5"

                      High end materials in this glove provide superior comfort including an inner palm and lining which adjust to the shape of the outer palm, absorbing the impact of the ball. Anything thrown near you is going to get caught resulting in less injuries, and more fantastic plays. Read Full Review

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                        Rawlings Primo PRMCM Catcher's Mitt 32.5"

                        All Star Pro Elite Catcher's Mitt CM3000BT

                        A number of major league catcher's choose this glove and for good reason. This glove may be a bit pricey, but it’s the best of the best. Durable and strong, this glove won't quit even after multiple seasons of 90+ mph fastballs. When behind the plate, you want to be assured your glove will stand up to whatever a pitcher throws and with this glove, you can bet it will. Read Full Review

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                          All Star Pro Elite Catcher's Mitt CM3000BT

                          Wilson Prostock A2000 1791ST 32.5" Catcher's Mitt

                          Fantastic materials ensures strength and durability behind the plate which is where you need it most. A quick break-in time means you can be out catching balls in no time. Pricey, but you can't put a price on a good catcher's mitt because this isn’t something you can skimp on. Read Full Review

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                            Wilson Prostock A2000 1791ST 32.5" Catcher's Mitt

                            Franchise Series 33.5" Baseball Catcher's Mitt - GXC93

                            At this price, it's hard not to choose this glove, especially for the serious who is not quite ready for the pros. Since this glove is made of quality materials, it's durable enough that you may never need another one. Read Full Review

                            Franchise Series 33.5" Baseball Catcher's Mitt - GXC93

                            Shoeless Joe Gloves Brown Catcher's Mitt, 34"

                            This is a unique glove that sort of makes it feel like you're playing in the golden age of baseball. With all the modern day necessities, this glove is both durable and unstructured, which means players can make it fit any of their specific needs. As an added bonus, if the glove ever starts to wear down, for 18 dollars, you can send it to the Shoeless Joe company to get it refurbished. At a decent price, this glove could conceivably last a player forever. Read Full Review

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                              Shoeless Joe Gloves Brown Catcher's Mitt, 34"

                              Best First Base Mitt:

                              First basemen's mitts are very similar to catcher's glove. They provide the first baseman with every opportunity to dig out and save badly thrown balls while the extra padding helps these gloves cushion a rocket thrown from the other infielders. It's not unusual for a play in the infield to be made quickly, forcing the first baseman to essentially be a backstop. This extra wide mitt, legally allowed to be bigger than the rest of the infield, helps gives the first baseman every possible chance at success. While many parts of a "good" first baseman's mitt are subjective depending on the player, there are a few specific details that there can be no subjectivity on.

                              As any first baseman knows, a worn in, tried and true glove is what you want. So if it's not durable and made of quality materials, you'll be forced to get a new glove every couple years. That's not what you want so find the right glove and make sure it lasts.

                              The best first base mitts chosen below were selected based on several criteria. First, their durability which will ensure a long career of use without having to break in a new glove every year. Second, the quality materials used (including Italian leather, Kip leather, and Seto leather) ensure the glove was made to last, going hand in hand with durability. Lastly, they’re affordable enough to fit within most player’s budgets.

                              Rawlings Primo 13-Inch First Baseman's Mitt

                              This glove won't catch the ball for you, but it'll get you pretty darn close. At 80 percent user break-in, the player breaks this glove in for the most part but the hard work will be well worth the reward when you secure every ball for years to come. Read Full Review

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                                Rawlings Primo 13-Inch First Baseman's Mitt

                                Wilson Prostock A2000 1613 12.25-Inch First Baseman's Baseball Glove (Left Hand Throw)

                                While not as expensive as the Rawlings, this glove still stands up with the best. With premium quality leather, this glove won't go flopping on you after a couple years -- it was built to last. With a big pocket and customer reviews that claim you can scoop the ball nine times out of ten, this is the glove for the player that wants to go on and play in high school, college and even the pros! Read Full Review

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                                  Wilson Prostock A2000 1613 12.25-Inch First Baseman's Baseball Glove (Left Hand Throw)

                                  Louisville Slugger 13" Omaha Pro First Base Mitt

                                  More cost efficient than a lot of gloves on the market, the Omaha Pro Series doesn't lack in quality even though the price makes it more appealing. Long-lasting, durable, and ready to use the player who buys this glove will be completely satisfied in every way immediately for the right player. Read Full Review

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                                    Louisville Slugger 13" Omaha Pro First Base Mitt

                                    Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSFMMO 13" First Base Glove

                                    While a bit pricier, the fruits of your spending will be seen immediately. With a softer leather and shorter break-in time, players will be snaring balls faster than ever before. A big 13 inch pocket, gives you an easier time with poorly thrown balls while the soft leather and padding will be easier on your hands. Read Full Review

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                                      Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSFMMO 13" First Base Glove

                                      Easton Professional Series 12.75" First Base Mitt EPG36BW

                                      This glove is designed for control. It takes the guesswork out of scooping balls and allows the player to focus on the game without worry. Beyond durable, this glove will last a player all the way from little league to the major leagues. Read Full Review

                                      Easton Professional Series 12.75" First Base Mitt  EPG36BW
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                                      3 comments
                                      • Jeff31 Jeff31

                                      I'm sad to see that Wilson gloves were left out for the catchers section. I truly love my WIlson A2000 Pudge as it fits amazingly and have only heard good words about it from other catchers. I wrote more about catchers gloves (http://thebaseballcatcher.com) which compares some of the top catchers gloves. It's nice to see how people's lists differ from each other!

                                      Posted on 8/23/2014 11:33 am | Reply
                                      • chadwickrc chadwickrc

                                      Good article! These are all some great gloves. I have been playing baseball all of my life and continue to do so at the college level and my favorite glove would have to be the Rawlings Pro Preferred by far. I just like all the options Rawlings gives you in glove selection, style, color, size etc. The downside is they are a little tough to break in, but most gloves are I guess. I like to use leather cpr to help break in my glove, it's awesome! (check it out at http://www.baseball-gloveoil.com/) I've read a few other blogs and many of them have lots of wilson gloves in the "best gloves' section. I have never used one but with what i've heard I might have to try one out!

                                      Posted on 3/27/2012 7:16 am | Reply
                                      • mead mead

                                      Jesse C, great comprehensive list. My vote is with Akadema. I love the new "Made in the USA" Patriot Series.

                                      Posted on 8/24/2010 8:50 pm | Reply