So you are looking for the best baseball gloves and have no idea where to start?
This is quite common, and my hope is that this page provides you with all the insight you’ll need.
Baseball gloves aren’t easy to figure out and largely depends on the players needs.
For instance, a first baseman has much different needs than an outfielder when it comes to a glove.
In addition – a competitive player normally looks for a high quality constructed glove, whereas a non-competitive player could be looking for the most inexpensive option available.
Although we can’t cover every single scenario, we do think the 5 gloves we’ve included for 2018 should cover most.
Let’s start shall we?
What's Included on this page:
1- Wilson A2000
Wilson A2000 DP15GM: Made by Wilson, but designed by World Champion Dustin Pedroia, the Wilson A2000 DP15GM is arguably the best infield model in the world. This model is an excellent glove with many features to make you one of the slickest fielders around the diamond. Dustin was tired of having to break in a glove over and over to meet his needs. So with the help of Wilson, they came up with a model that meets all of his needs, provides exceptional comfort, and performs well on the field. With a superior fit around you hands, and quality leather this should be a glove that lasts you through many seasons. Read our full review.
2- Mizuno MPV Prime
Mizuno MVP Prime GMVP1277P: Value wise, we love all that the Mizuno MVP Prime series has to offer and think it deserves serious consideration as a top of the line choice. Although it is the least expensive on our list, there are still many features to help bring your game to the next level. With exceptional control, you’ll always feel in command and have no issues making the difficult plays often required in key outfield positions like center field. Another great feature of the MVP Prime series is that it is lined with an incredibly soft liner. In fact, I would guess that you’ll have never placed anything more comfortable around your hand before. This glove also has “fatter” lacing than others which although also makes it look better, it also provides more durability and strength to handle some of the faster hit balls that comes your way. Read our full review.
3- Rawlings Gold Glove Gamer
Rawlings GG Gamer G601B: For outfielders, we really like everything that the Rawlings Gold Glove Gamer series has to offer in their G601B model. The series features many different popular models so you know it’s a quality made right from the get go. Additional strength has been accomplished when compared to other models by using a unique trapeze web, also named “Six Finger”. This pattern acts as an extension of the Gamer and actively shifts the main pocket to the center. With the incredibly deep pockets that have been sewn in you’ll have no trouble reaching for those liners or balls in the warning track.
4- Rawlings HOH Dual Core
Rawlings HOH Dual Core 1st base: The only first base specific glove in our list is the Rawlings Heart of the Hide Dual Core series. The “Dual Core” technology used for this model in particular adds carefully placed break points throughout to give you a better catch. Being made from USA Horween leather not only gives the Heart of the Hide incredible strength and durability, but it also allows you to have a quicker break in time and focus your efforts on the field. If you are a first baseman, trusting the Rawlings HOH series is an easy choice!
5- Louisville Omaha
Louisville Omaha Flare: The next infield specific glove on our list belongs to the Louisville Omaha Flare. What many infielders like about this one in particular is it feels a bit wider than others. Although still the regular 11.5 inches in length, many feel that the web pattern provides a little bit of additional area which provides just a little bit of extra help when fielding those hard grounders. Weighing in at less than 2 pounds, you’ll barely feel the weight on your hands during those hot summer days. Made with top grade leather, you’ll be able to shape the Omaha Flare easier and have a glove that will stand the test of time. For the money – this one is a great choice!
How to find the Best baseball gloves
Compiling and putting together a baseball glove list is not an easy task at all. Just like with baseball bats, there is no one size fits all when it comes to choosing a glove.
Because of the plethora of options it can sometimes be very difficult to find the right one.
There are so many things to consider even after looking at price. With this quick guide I am going to go over 5 other very important factors you should consider when buying the best glove possible for you:
- What Type Of Material Do You Want?
- What Web Style Do You Want?
- What Type Of Backing Do You Want?
- What Field Position Do You Play?
- What Size Should You Get?
A quality model will be made from leather. However, there are a variety of different alternatives you can choose from. There are three main materials used to create the best baseball gloves: Synthetic leather, oil treated leather and premium leather.
Synthetic leather is great for younger players as it is very affordable and does not require a great deal of break in time. However, the one big problem is synthetic leather does not conform to the player’s hand like other materials do.
Oil treated leather is leather that has been pre treated with oils. This softens up the leather and makes it easier to break them in. The last material gloves can be made of is premium leather. Those made with premium leather are not cheap.
While premium leather does take a long time to break it, it will eventually conform to your hand.
There are two primary web styles: Open and closed.
Open webs are great for infielders as it allows dirt to easily fall through the glove. It prevents the infielder from scooping up a hand full of dirt while trying to get the ball. Pitchers usually prefer closed web as it helps them better conceal the type of pitch they are about to throw.
Outfielders also like the closed web as it helps them block the sun when chasing down fly balls.
The backing is the part of the glove that rests on the back on your hand. It can either be opened or closed.
An open back is more flexible and is preferred by infielders and catchers.
Closed back is preferred by outfielders and first basemen as it helps stabilize the wrist.
There are 5 main positions in the game of baseball: Catcher, first baseman, infielder, pitcher and outfield.
The type of model you choose to purchase will ultimately depend on the position you play. These days many are made for specific positions. Each will have a specific design and a certain set of qualities for that position. So its always a good idea to look for ones designed for your position.
Baseball gloves come in a variety of different sizes and can accommodate just about any hand size. To get the right size you will need to measure your hand or have it measured by someone at a sports store. To properly measure your hand you will go from the highest point on your index finger to the heel of your hand. Always use a flexible measuring tape to measure your hand. Typical sizes range from 9 inches all the way up to 12.5 inches.
We hope you have enjoyed looking at what we feel are the best choices of baseball gloves available for the 2018 season. We hope that you will bookmark this page, and share with your friends as well. I hope this page helped you make the glove selection process an easier one. For younger players, we also have a specific page dedicated to the best youth baseball gloves that you may want to check out instead.