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How To Pick The Best Baseball Gloves Reviews For 2021

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As we continue looking at the best baseball equipment that you can possibly buy, this article will largely focus on various types of baseball gloves.  

From youth baseball gloves to adult gloves and even gloves for lefties, we’ll cover it all. Of course, once you do get your hands on the right glove, you will want to make sure to take care of it, we’ll help you with that as well.


 Your Guide

Andrew Buller-Russ

Andrew Buller-Russ

Like many other sports, baseball requires some specific equipment for players to even begin to play the sport.

Unlike soccer, where all you really need to play is a ball and a net, baseball requires a bat, ball, and gloves just to even start playing.

Then of course, you still need helmets, cleats and much more equipment that can make the game easier to play.

Diving even further, having the proper equipment can be the difference between a hit and an error.

For example, if you are trying to play first base with a second baseman’s glove, chances are you will struggle to field the ball effectively and consistently.

Generally first basemen have a much larger glove to catch errant throws, and second basemen have a smaller glove, to get the ball out of their hands quicker.

In fact there are many helpful things to keep in mind when shopping for baseball gloves. You do not need a specific glove in general to play baseball, but if you know which position you want to play, it can definitely help.

If you know which position on the field you are best at or want to practice at, then you can focus on finding a specific glove that best sets you up to succeed.

Baseball gloves come in all shapes, sizes and even what they are made with can fluctuate. In modern baseball, maybe you have seen many of the brightly colored gloves players have been using.

Sometimes this is to match team colors, and sometimes it could just be a preferred style or color preference.

There are many different brands of baseball glove manufacturers. I wouldn’t say that one brand consistently makes a better glove than another company.

I would say that it is best to go with whichever glove feels the most comfortable to you, which should lead to a boosted confidence when on the baseball diamond.

I know that when you first start out shopping for baseball gloves, as you see all of the different size, style and fit possibilities, it can all feel a bit too overwhelming.

I figured I would provide a brief breakdown as to which type of baseball glove you should be targeting when shopping locally or online.

Hopefully this breakdown can help you have a much smoother shopping experience when looking for a glove.

First off, a few good things to know is which parts make up a baseball glove. Just so you are familiar with the terms mentioned throughout the article, I thought it would be a good idea to list a picture, detailing the parts of the glove that you should familiarize yourself with. See the picture below:

parts of the glove

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As you can see, the parts of a glove are fairly simple. With just five basic terms to know, gloves are not too in-depth.

Though, they all serve an individual purpose that sets the glove up perfectly to catch baseballs with of course your guided operation.

The webbing is the net; this is largely what catches the baseball in line drive, pop-up and fly ball situations, especially the shoestring catches.

shoestring catches

shoestring catches

This web is what connects your fingers and thumb, which helps you control the ball once the ball contacts the glove.

The web is composed of tightly strung leather that allows fielders to close their hand or glove, securing the baseball in place.

The palm of the glove is just that, where your palm is placed inside the glove. This area offers padding beneath the leather to offer fielders protection from hard hit balls.

It may not seem like much protection, but when you catch a line drive, you will be thankful that there is some cushion to lessen the impact on your hand and wrist area.

Located toward the bottom of the glove is the heel.  This area also features leather string to help keep the glove together and help the glove be flexible.

The heel also provides protection for your lower hand and wrist area.

The lacing helps shape the baseball glove. Leather is most commonly used due to the flexibility and break-in period of the material. Over time, lacing can become brittle and weak.

Another part of the glove that helps the glove move and stay flexible is the hinge. This allows the glove to open and close easily. The hinge is located above the heel, next to the palm.

Some specific baseball gloves, more commonly seen in youth baseball is the wrist adjustment. This feature allows the player to adjust the size and fit of the glove to fit the player using it. Wrist adjustments can vary from Velcro to buckles and more.

Like I mentioned earlier, having the correct style of baseball glove can go a long way toward success on the diamond.

In addition to different positions generally using different styled baseball gloves, there are also many different types of webbings used within those individual positions.

With up to 7 different web styles for fielders alone, simply buying a baseball glove, sometimes is not so simple at all.

I will quickly dive into the various webbing types you will see featured on different baseball gloves. Some of which, you may never see. Here is a photo, with labels attached showing which web type is which:

Web Types Filders

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One of the most common webbing types is the basket web seen above.

Generally fielders like to use a glove with basket webbing. There are many different colors and styles you will see of baseball gloves with a basket webbing.

Pitchers also like the basket webbing, as it doesn’t offer much room for gaps or light to escape. This allows them to hide the baseball from the opposing hitter, or even base runners and opposing coaches.

By being able to hide the baseball, pitchers benefit from being able to keep the hitters guessing as to which pitch may come next.

Basket webbing is also a flexible feature. Some other gloves may feel more stiff and tight. Baseball gloves with basket webbing are easy to handle and help fielders shag wild baseballs headed their way.

Trapeze webbing is more commonly used among outfielders. The style of the trapeze web can help create a deeper pocket to help outfielders shag fly balls.

You may see a glove with trapeze webbing featuring a leather strap, in conjunction with lacing on each side of the strap.

The modified trap is used all over the baseball field. Pitchers, infielders and outfielders have all been known to use baseball gloves with a modified trap.

This style is not too far off from the trapeze, with a leather strip across the top of the web, offering more glove stability when catching the ball.

An H-Web is recognizable as one of the oldest baseball glove designs around. The simple, yet effective design is shaped like an “H”.

This web design is commonly used among infielders and outfielders, with many third basemen really liking this design.

The open web design of an H-Web would not be a good glove choice for pitchers as it has so much open space that allows the opponent to see the finger placement on the baseball stitching.

Conversely, some infielders prefer the H-Web because of the open style of the web design. This open design allows for loose material such as dirt and sand to fall through while maintaining the rigidity required to field a hard hit baseball.

An I-Web glove design is a bit less common across baseball. Like the H-Web, the I-Web gets its name from its shape. This web pattern has been used by infielders as well, like the H-Web.

The cross web, also known as the single post, is a glove web design that offers both flexibility and visibility. This web style has a single, vertical leather strip matched with two horizontal bars to form the webbing.

The cross design of the single post allows for fielders to peek through the glove while helping block out the sun when trying to shag a fly ball.

A two-piece baseball glove web design can be a great option for pitchers to use. The limited outside visibility of the glove helps pitchers conceal their pitches from opponents.

Though, the double leather patches can also make for a heavier glove, which may not be ideal in some circumstances.

Infielders typically like to use five-fingered gloves with shallow pockets. This allows them to quickly retrieve the ball and get it out of their hands with efficiency. Typically, middle infielders have smaller gloves.

Outfielders generally require a larger, deeper pocket to catch fly balls.

On top of that, having a longer glove benefits outfielders by extending their reach and fielding range. Generally outfielders will have a larger glove than middle infielders.

Web Types First Basemen

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Next up, we will dive into the various web styles preferred by first basemen.

As you can see from the picture above, there are typically three different web designs first basemen will choose to use. There is no right or wrong, this is more about what you are comfortable with and what you prefer to use.

The single post, seen previously when looking at fielders gloves, offers great visibility and flexibility. Also known as the cross pattern, this design features two pieces of leather strung across a single, vertical post. The flexibility of the single post makes this a great glove choice for first basemen.

A modified H-Web takes the standard H-Web and adds a leather strip across the top. The design of the H-Web allows for an expanded catch radius for first basemen. This expanded catch radius makes fielding easier for first basemen.

Another frequent web style for first basemen is the dual bar. Dual-bar webs have two horizontal leather straps or bars stitched together.

This design forms the pocket, which is what helps first basemen trap and secure the ball.

First basemen generally use a long, wide mitt to scoop grounders from the dirt.

The longer glove design also helps first basemen field off-target throws from infielders. Since first basemen catch the ball the most, other than catchers, they need to have a very large mitt.

webtypes catchers

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Catchers frequently stick with either the half moon or a one-piece design. With two leather pieces laced together, the half moon is not much different than a two-piece web style.

This half moon design invokes a tight pocket, offering more flexibility than common one-piece styles.

The one-piece design is pretty straightforward. Featuring one large piece of leather, the one-piece web style is very popular among catchers. Outer lacing around the edge creates a tight, narrow pocket.

Typically it is best for catchers to use a fingerless mitt with heavy padding. This helps reduce the sting from the ball.

The catcher and his glove should create a claw-like shape for the pitcher to target with his throws.

On top of all these web designs to keep in mind, once you have narrowed the field down, you can begin to focus on the other important parts of choosing a glove: Fit, Feel and Style.

The fit of the glove greatly determines how a glove feels on your hand. Buying a glove too large will likely cause your performance to suffer. A glove too small will feel uncomfortable on your hand and could cause other problems such as rashes.

Understanding how your glove should feel is key to improving performance in the field. A glove should have a certain amount of stiffness to it, while remaining flexible. Striking that ideal balance can be tricky.

A glove too stiff may not be ideal as this can lead to more difficulty when trying to close the glove.

Having a glove that is too flexible or weak, may not be able to hold up against those hard hit line drives sent your way. 

Many gloves start out stiff and will loosen or break in as they receive more use.

Of course, the glove style is important too, although it shouldn’t really affect your performance.

Other than the glove web design, the glove style such as the color of the glove itself and the lacing can also be altered. I would say to find a glove web design, with the ideal fit before you worry about custom colors.

If you have the option to try on a few different types of gloves, that is ideal. By trying a variety of gloves, you should be able to get a much greater feel for what to shop for.

Now that you have a better idea on the types of gloves available on the market, you should have a greater understanding on what to look for when shopping.


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FAQ

What gloves do MLB players use?

Wilson and Rawlings Brand Gloves are popular among MLB Players

How much is a good baseball glove?

It can range between $40 - $350. The average prices for good baseball gloves depends on the brands and the material used.

Why are baseball gloves so expensive?

Because of the materials used to make the glove. You'll find the cheaper baseball gloves are nowhere as good as more expensive gloves.

Do MLB players buy their own gloves?

MLB players may have an agreement with manufacturer or gear producing company for their gear or MLB teams pay for it. 

Which Types Of Leather Are Used For Baseball Gloves?

Since baseball has been around forever and so many people are so passionate about the great sport, there have been many innovations throughout the storied history of the game to help make it what it is today.

 One thing many baseball players and fans may not know is that there are many different types of leather used when making a baseball glove. Generally though, they can all be broken down into 4 different sub groups.

The 4 most commonly used types of leather are: Full Grain Leather, Kip (Kipskin), Premium Steerhide, and Leather or Cowhide. Different types of leather can affect the look, weight and durability of the glove.

Next I will breakdown some quick differences between leather materials.

Full grain leather refers to cowhide leather with the natural grain still intact. This leather is typically heavier and stiffer than other gloves.

Full grain leather gloves have a longer break in time, but once broken in, they offer impressive performance and durability.

Kip or Kipskin leather is soft and seen to be a bit luxurious thus it is generally used for higher echelon gloves. Kip leather is lightweight compared to cowhide, making it a great leather material for infielder’s gloves. Gloves made from kip leather don’t take very long to break in.

Premium steerhide is strong leather and is one of the stiffest, heaviest and more durable types of leather used to make gloves. This leather is also tough and takes more work to break in.

Don’t let the rugged toughness fool you though, premium steerhide is quality leather and a popular choice among pro ballplayers.

Leather or Cowhide is probably most commonly used when making youth baseball gloves. It is generally a medium weighted leather that performs well and breaks in quickly. Cowhide also wears out quicker than say steerhide.

Since everyone has their own preference and not everyone plays the same position, there isn’t necessarily a “best” type of leather to use. It really comes down to personal preference.

 Are you looking for a tough, stiff and durable glove or are you in the market for a lightweight and nimble glove?

These are the questions you should be asking or possibly already know. Hopefully my breakdown of the different leather types used to make baseball gloves will help as you shop. If you can, try and experiment with a few different types of leather to see what you may prefer to work with.


Conclusion

At the end of the day there were many great baseball gloves that we couldn’t find a spot for on our list. Rawlings, Wilson, Nokona, Shoeless Joe, Louisville Slugger, Mizuno and many other brands all make really good gloves.

We should only be so lucky to have such a great selection of baseball gloves to choose from.

I can already see some of the innovations these brands have implemented becoming quite popular among the baseball community.

It is only a matter of time that other brands try and copy them or instill unique qualities of their own to set their brand apart.

I cannot wait to see the advancements of baseball gloves in the upcoming years to come.

Hopefully after reading this baseball glove buying guide you have a much better idea when shopping for your next glove.

I know there is a lot to absorb and sift through, but once you have had a chance to divulge all the information here, feel free to reach out and let me know how this guide has helped you.

I always like to hear from aspiring athletes and parents about how my suggestions have helped them along the way.

I know I missed several top baseball gloves on this list. Vent to me in the comments below. Which of your favorite gloves did I somehow leave off the list?


Top 3 Best Baseball Batting Gloves Reviews For 2021

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Batting gloves, where to begin? If you have ever shopped for a pair of batting gloves in your life then you likely know that it is just about an endless search until you finally just say this pair will work because you are sick of shopping. With how easy it is to shop online these days, you have likely seen that it can be tough to even know what to look for in an ocean full of various options.


 Your Guide

Andrew Buller-Russ

Andrew Buller-Russ

Generally, just like your other baseball equipment it comes down to feel and comfort. I know that if you are shopping online, this can be tough to do as you cannot possibly physically try on any pair of gloves from your couch. If you do have the option to go to a store and try some gloves on first to get an idea for how the different styles and sizes of gloves fit on your hand you should definitely do it.

Gloves range in sizes and you want to make sure you get a glove that is not too tight where it makes you sweat more than you should and eventually possibly rip or tear altogether. You also do not want to get gloves so loose that you have to also make sure you don’t lose them while swinging. Loose gloves shouldn’t even be on your mind when at the plate and a fastball is headed your way.

Different batting gloves will provide you with different benefits. Some gloves will feature more grip, while being a little less comfortable while others will be really comfortable but not have the best grip. Ideally you will find a pair that is just right, like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.


#1: Franklin Sports MLB Powerstrap Batting Gloves

The official glove of the MLB, the Franklin Sports MLB Powerstrap Batting Glove is quite possibly the very best batting glove on the market.

Approved and used by many professional ballplayers, the Powerstrap glove is a game changer. One of the main features – the Powerstrap – prevents these gloves from bunching up on hitters, ensuring a snug fit around hitters’ wrists.

With the addition of the Powerstrap, Franklin helps hitters avoid being uncomfortable at the plate.

Many gloves slip and slide around after a few swings or a really good one. With the Powerstrap giving you a snug fit, you can swing freely and focus on the next pitch.

Constructed from premium sheepskin leather, Franklin designed the Powerstrap batting gloves to last. Franklin even installed small palm holes for ventilation to help keep hands comfortable.

The additional bonus here is that the perforated ventilation holes helps prevent blisters from forming on hitters hands.

Franklin thought of just about everything when making their gloves and perhaps that is why they have become so popular across the sport.

They offer the MLB Powerstrap batting gloves in all youth and adult sizes so you can have the very same glove as your favorite pro wears as he or she steps into the batter’s box. Prices listed on retail websites will be for the complete pair.

Specification

  • Seamless Palm
  • Tri-curve Fit
  • Flex Palm Crossing
  • Floating Thumb Tech
  • Powerstrap Closure
  • Worn by several MLB players

Pros

  • Possibly the most comfortable batting gloves available
  • Official MLB batting glove
  • Won’t bunch up on hitters thanks to Powerstrap

Cons

  • No Warranty (Many gloves don’t have one though)
  • Might be able to find a glove with a bit better grip

#2: Seibertron B-A-R PRO 2.0 Signature

Seibertron makes a wide variety of gloves. Whether they are for other sports or riding motorcycles, Seibertron is known to make a great glove.

Since this is a baseball article obviously we will be focusing on their Seibertron B-A-R PRO 2.0 Signature Batting Gloves Super Grip Finger Fit.

There are many reasons why this pair of gloves is special, to keep it short I will quickly highlight some of their features.

Similar to many other batting gloves, these feature a strapped wrist closure to prevent the glove from slipping off your hand. Seibertron also reinforced the padding along the inside of the palm to increase durability as well as your ability to control baseball bats.

There is additional grip reinforcement across all ten fingers to help increase bat grip as well. Abrasion resistant microfiber wrist padding helps extend the lifespan of the Seibertron gloves.

Last but not least, the padding on the palm helps absorb impacts while increasing bat grip.

As you can tell, a lot went into making sure these gloves offered great grip. Like I mentioned earlier, the Seibertron batting gloves offer possibly the best grip in the game.

If its grip you feel you are lacking, try a pair of Seibertron B-A-R PRO 2.0 Signature Batting Gloves.

Specification

  • 4 Different Color Options
  • 6 Sizes (XS-XXL)
  • Made with Abrasion-resistant Microfiber

Pros

  • Possibly the best grip offered by batting gloves
  • Durable
  • Discount if ordered in bulk

Cons

  • Not a ton of color or customization options
  • Not the most known or flashiest pair

#3: Franklin CFX Pro

Previously my favorite glove, but recently Franklins other glove, the Powerstrap has overtaken the top spot.

Long regarded as the top choice in baseball, the Franklin CFX Pro is not a bad buy. Franklin is the official batting glove provider for Major League Baseball.

As one of the most popular batting glove choices in baseball, the CFX Pro offers a glove made from premium quality leather.

The CFX Pro is a comfortable glove choice that flexes with every movement of your hand. Hitters also appreciate that the CFX Pro gloves are not bulky or heavy.

Franklin makes the CFX Pro gloves using quality Cabretta leather. By using this leather, the CFX Pro gloves offer a soft feel with impressive tackiness and grip.

If they are the official glove manufacturer of the MLB, Franklin must be doing something right!

You can order a pair of Franklin CFX Pro gloves in a variety of colors. Franklin also manufactures the glove to fit all youth and adults, so you can be sure there is a glove to fit even the strangest sized hands.

Although they may not be their newest glove with their best features (See the Franklin Powerstrap), the CFX Pro glove by Franklin is a good choice.

Specification

  • Floating Thumb Tech
  • Made from Pittards Digital Sheepskin leather
  • One-piece leather palm
  • Several colors and sizes

Pros

  • Soft
  • Decent grip
  • Official Batting Glove Provider for the MLB

Cons

  • Not ideal in colder weather
  • Not their newest, best glove

Top 2 Best Oils For Baseball Gloves Reviews In 2021

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When you first get a new baseball glove, most of them need some sort of oil, conditioner or softener to help prepare the glove for a game or practice. Many leather gloves, when new, are tough to open and close because they are so stiff. By conditioning the glove with oil you can soften your glove to create a proper pocket for the baseball.

best oil for baseball gloves

  Your Guide

Andrew Buller-Russ

Andrew Buller-Russ

There are many different approaches you can take to help break in your glove before using it. With these different approaches, there are also many different substances you can use to “season” or help condition the glove. In this next breakdown, I will describe some potential benefits and drawbacks of some of the more common substances used.

One application some use is a form of glove conditioner. These are specialty products specifically designed for use with leather. Glove conditioners will soften the leather, while cleaning and protecting the surface.

Leather conditioners are also typically one of the more expensive conditioning options available as that is what they are made to do. However some conditioners target specific types of leather. Paying attention to which surfaces they work best with is crucial before purchasing anything.

In general, leather glove conditioners are regarded as the most effective way to season your baseball glove. In addition to preparing the surface for league play, a good leather conditioner can even help you protect the glove from excess moisture and dirt. Many experienced baseball glove buyers have found that they prefer using a leather glove conditioner as they often work the best.

One outside-the-box method some have used believe it or not, is shaving cream. Just like it does for your skin, shaving cream moisturizes and softens the surface of leather. Shaving cream can be a little dangerous though, be sure to avoid using any product that contains added perfumes or scents or any alcohol as it will dry out the glove.

Vaseline is another household item that has been used to help break in gloves. It contains many mineral oils and moisturizers that work to soften leather and other surfaces. In many applications, Vaseline is used to seal and protect, the same idea works for your glove.

If using Vaseline, be sure not to use too much. Too much Vaseline and your glove will become sticky. Work it into the surface completely before you decide whether or not to add more.

There are many different substances you can use to try and condition your baseball glove. Whichever method you use, be sure to apply small amounts at a time to be safe. You do not want to overdo it and potentially damage your favorite glove.

#1: ​Wilson Premium Glove Oil

Widely considered the best leather glove conditioning product on the market today, Wilson Premium Glove Oil works wonders. This oil will help soften and break in our leather glove if used correctly. Wilson’s Glove Oil is derived from neatsfoot and other essential oils specifically put together for leather preservation.

This oil will help clean, restore and protect your glove from unwanted effects such as moisture and dirt. Perhaps best of all, Wilson Premium Oil comes pre-packaged in an easy to use spray applicator. Like any glove conditioner you may use, be sure to thoroughly read all instructions before application begins.

Specification

  • 4 Ounce container
  • Made from Neatsfoot Oil and other Essential Oils

Pros

  • Easy to use spray application
  • Affordable
  • A brand you can trust

Cons

  • Small amount
  • Not eligible for international shipping

Wilson Premium Glove Oil

Wilson Premium Glove Oil

#2: ​Bickmore 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil

Bickmore 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil is a great all around product for many leather surfaces. It also doubles as a wood finish. If you have any other leather items around the house, Bickmore’s Neatsfoot Oil works great on boots, shoes, horse saddles and much more.

For baseball gloves, Bickmore’s oil is great because it softens, lubricates and moisturizes all in one. Bickmore’s Neatsfoot Oil is 100 percent pure, meaning there are no added petroleum distillates. After applying Bickmore’s Oil to your glove, you will be amazed at how your glove naturally repels water thanks to the Neatsfoot oil you applied.

As stated on their label, the Bickmore 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil will darken most leather. If you are in love with how your glove appears, I would find a different oil to try. Otherwise, try it on a small, inconspicuous area first and see how your glove responds to the newly applied solution.

You can order Bickmore’s 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil online, they offer an 8 ounce bottle or a 32 ounce bottle. An 8 ounce bottle should last you a while as when conditioning your glove, you do not need to use much liquid. Always pay attention to both the directions of the individual glove you are conditioning and the product you are using to season it.

Specification

  • 8 Ounce Bottle
  • Also available in 32 Ounces
  • 100 Percent Pure Neatsfoot Oil
  • Made in the USA

Pros

  • Good Protectant
  • Water Repellant
  • Can be used for more than just leather gloves

Cons

  • Darkens Most Leather
  • Can pour out quickly, be careful when applying

Bickmore 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil

Bickmore 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil

Conclusion

When it comes to conditioning your glove, there are several unproven and unorthodox methods out there. We recommend trying the tried and trusted methods before doing anything weird such as petroleum jelly or other substances not made directly for leather. Although, if you do have a proven method you have used many times before, we would love to hear about it.

Top 3 Best Affordable Baseball Gloves Under $100 In 2021

best baseball gloves under $100

I know that when shopping for a baseball glove, just something simple so you can play, seeing some of the prices can give consumers initial sticker shock. If you just want to play some baseball without breaking the bank, maybe you want a more affordable option? Maybe you go through baseball gloves more rapidly than most, or maybe you growing fast and just need an intermediate option.


 Your Guide

Andrew Buller-Russ

Andrew Buller-Russ

There are many glove manufacturers in business today. Some of those businesses have the latest, greatest, most expensive features to offer. Other companies strip the glove down to the basics to offer a basic, stripped down version that can still effectively help you haul in baseballs.

You certainly don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars to catch a baseball. While some of the more expensive options offer some nice features that can definitely catch your eye as a consumer, they are not always necessary. A great baseball glove can be had for less than $100 if you do your research.

Luckily for those looking to save a buck or two, there are many great baseball glove options from which to choose from. Hopefully you will be able to identify one or two that catches your eye from my brief breakdown. My intention is to highlight some of the best bargains on the market when buying an affordable baseball glove that doesn’t break the bank.

Whatever the case may be, I wanted to provide you with 3 more affordable baseball glove options, all of which cost less than $100. You generally tend to get what you pay for, but there are also many times where you can find a steal of a deal on a product that is high quality, yet you got it for a bargain. Those are the gloves I want to focus on here.

#1: Rawlings Player Preferred

The Rawlings Player Preferred is a great affordable baseball glove that can be had for under $50. This glove offers a ton of positional versatility thanks to the basket web design.

If you are looking for a good budget buy on a quality baseball glove without breaking the bank, the Rawlings Player Preferred is the way to go.

Rawlings also includes Zero Shock Palm Padding for additional padding and comfort when playing catch. Anyone who purchases the Rawlings Player Preferred baseball glove will be able to play with it in game almost instantly.

The Rawlings Player Preferred glove comes 80 percent broken in already so you won’t have to wait long to make your first out with your brand new glove.

While the Player Preferred does have specific sizes, the glove design itself is very adjustable, allowing for hands of many sizes to use it.

The glove features a conventional back with a flex loop Velcro strap that allows users to adjust the glove to fit them. Additionally, the basket web design makes this glove a great choice for someone who likes to move around and play multiple positions on the baseball diamond.

The basket web design helps players scoop up grounders and snag fly balls like never before. Like most gloves, the Rawlings Player Preferred can be attained in either a right hand or left hand fit.

Rawlings designed the glove to be flexible and useful in many different baseball situations.

By having a soft, flexible outer shell and inner liner materials, this glove is smooth and easy to use. Did we mention the glove is less than $50!?

Finding any decent baseball glove for anything under $50 is tough to do, luckily Rawlings designed the perfect glove with your budget in mind.

For a more defined and specific baseball glove focused on your specific position, Rawlings also offers carious versions of the Player Preferred tailor-made for specific positions on the baseball diamond.

If you are a First Baseman, Catcher or any other position, Rawlings makes a specific Player Preferred glove made specifically for that position to succeed. Prices for those gloves are about the same as their other Player Preferred gloves.

Pros

  • Costs less than $50
  • Great all-around glove allowing you to play multiple positions
  • Short break-in period

Cons

  • No customization options
  • Plain design

#2: Wilson A500

Designed for youth players, the Wilson A500 is one of the lightest, all-leather baseball gloves available. The A500 is flexible and mostly broken in, so your child can pick it up and play right away. Wilson offers the A500 glove in 5 different sizes.

Wilson manufactured the A500 to feature an H-Web design. The glove itself is formed with Copper, Black and Blonde Top Grain Leather. For added comfort and durability, the A500 features a double palm construction.

The A500 is a versatile glove made for players who play all over the diamond instead of one set position.

Wilson designed the A500 to have rolled dual welting. The rolled dual welting helps the glove keep its shape much longer while offering a short break-in period.

Perhaps best of all, the Wilson A500 retails for less than $100. As a great glove that doesn’t break the bank, the A500 is a great choice for any young ballplayer. Wilson even offers free shipping on all orders over $50 through their website.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Holds shape
  • Durable

Cons

  • Made for youth players
  • No custom options

#3: Wilson A900

Wilson makes a lot of great baseball gloves, and luckily a few of them are under $100. The Wilson A900 is another great, affordable glove Wilson offers.

The A900 features a single post web to field grounders and help snag fly balls.

The front side of the baseball glove features a padded, double palm construction. Featuring a low profile heel, the A900 comfortably fits most hands. A low profile glove heel helps fielders control wild grounders with bad hops.

The Wilson A900 is all leather and very soft.  Wilson presents the A900 as a game ready glove, ready to hit the field right away. Baseball players all over the world have enjoyed the comfort and stability the A900 offers.

This particular glove, the A900 is offered in dark brown leather. An original, classic look, the A900 presents a baseball glove that stands the test of time. At the end of the day, the Wilson A900 offers a great all around glove for an affordable price.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Flexible and durable
  • Comfortable

Cons

  • Not customizable
  • Plain design

Conclusion

I think the fact that we can find so many great baseball gloves for under $100 is incredible. Of course there will always be the high-end gloves that cost more, but who says you can’t still have just as much fun at half the price?

I know that when I was growing up, it wasn’t nearly as much fun playing catch with yourself as it was playing with a buddy or a group of pals.

Hopefully you have found this guide helpful if you are in search of an affordable baseball glove or two. I know there are several options available today and unfortunately not all of them can make the cut to the top 3. Which gems have you found out there to be both affordable and effective?


Best Left Handed Baseball Glove Review For 2021

left handed baseball glove

Believe it or not, in the past, finding a left-handed glove has sometimes been hard to do. Luckily for those lefties, finding a glove they can use has become much easier. Though they are more uncommon, most baseball glove manufacturers offer their gloves in both left and right-handed versions individually.


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Andrew Buller-Russ

Andrew Buller-Russ

Nowadays, finding a baseball glove for left handed users is a breeze. Though many local stores may not stock as many left-handed glove options on hand, they can usually gain access to them if you discuss your options with them. I have yet to find a specific glove or glove company that does not offer a left-handed glove option.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when shopping for a left-handed glove is paying attention to the details.

Even though you know you are looking for a left-handed glove, most store owners or those in charge of inventory will assume you are looking for a right-handed glove unless you have specifically mentioned up front that you are in need of a glove for lefties.

Always double check that the glove is made for left-handed ballplayers before purchasing.

For this reason, my recommendation for the best left-handed gloves remains the same. I would recommend the Wilson A2000. If you did not see my preview write up of the Wilson A2000 above, here it is again.

Wilson A2000

The Wilson A2000 is an impressive baseball glove all around. This glove is a great choice for all baseball players, young or old, big or small. One of the main convenient features about the Wilson A2000 is the positional versatility this baseball glove offers.

Wilson created the A2000 glove using pro stock leather, made specifically for Wilson baseball mitts. The American Steerhide leather Wilson uses has been featured by Wilson for many years and many professional ballplayers prefer the unique feel and impressive durability the American Steerhide offers.

The A2000 even features exclusive hand designed patterns that are frequently being improved by the Wilson Advisory Staff.

The A2000 features a deep pocket with a closed 2 piece web presenting ball grip concealment for pitchers to enjoy.

Wilson built the A2000 very well and it is a durable glove that should last a long time. Manufacturers make the A2000 for both right and left handed ballplayers.

Wilson’s A2000 baseball glove also offers DriLex wrist lining, which helps keep hands dry and cool on even the hottest days out on the field.

For additional comfort, Wilson added dual welting in the glove. Dual welting features two strips of leather strung along each finger, which creates a durable rest pocket for your finger.

One of the greatest pitchers in baseball, Clayton Kershaw, prefers to use a Wilson A2000 CK22 baseball glove when he takes the mound. 

One of the reasons he prefers the A2000 is for its ability to hide his grip changes before he throws a pitch, the impressive durability the glove offers on well hit line drives is just a bonus.

The Wilson CK22 is named aptly after Kershaw’s initials and his chosen jersey number on the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Although I have shown you the pitchers glove, it is not just pitchers who like using the A2000, it is also very popular among middle infielders and third basemen.

The A2000 features such great versatility, making it a premier option for those who tend to play multiple positions on the baseball diamond. Wilson also offers the A2000 for first basemen, catchers and outfielders, it really is a baseball glove that anyone and everyone can enjoy.

Stay sharp when shopping, while the glove offers great versatility, there are many variations of the A2000 and shopping can be tricky when trying to nail down a specific model.

One example is that the A2000 2800 is a glove for first basemen, while the Wilson A2000 1788 is more appropriate for other positions along the infield.

Keep in mind to make sure you pay attention to the fill model number before you decide to make any final purchase decisions, it could save you a headache or two along the way.

Pros

  • Very versatile, a glove option for everyone
  • Durable and comfortable
  • DriLex lining helps keep hands and wrists cool

Cons

  • Some of the model names and numbers can be confusing
  • A bit more expensive

Conclusion

Really when it comes to finding a left handed glove, it should not be that much more difficult than searching for a right handed glove. Just make sure the glove you are acquiring is suited for left handed ballplayers. If you or the seller is unsure, ask to try it on or to see a picture.