As the 2014 baseball season gathers steam, both professional and amateur players are going for the best equipment and accessories to increase their performance. Whether you are an avid baseball player or you are just looking for a fitting baseball glove for your seven year old kid, the factors to keep in mind are pretty similar. To begin with, you have to consider the player’s hand orientation (baseball gloves are worn on the non dominant hand with the dominant hand left free to throw balls). You should also consider the size of the glove as well as the player’s position on the pitch.
Having considered all the factors above, the following are our best baseball gloves for 2014 reviewed. We have provided detailed guidelines to enable you choose the one which is suitable for your purposes and the ones which will make the most meaningful gift ideas.
10. Easton BX1300B Baseball Glove
This is a baseball glove that features exquisite design and top grade stitching to guarantee high performance on the baseball pitch. The series offers a range of fits to suit different players in the field of play. A catcher’s glove has no finger channels but includes heavy palm padding as well as all-round reinforcement to take most of the sting out pitched balls. For the infield player, the glove has channels for all five fingers to ensure fast ball retrieval while gloves for outfield players are much longer and come with a pocket too to hold lofted balls. It is this diversity in craftsmanship which places Easton baseball gloves in a class of their own.
9. Rawlings Player Preferred Series Glove
A dual purpose glove crafted from the highest quality leather. Its distinctive, full depth pattern structure will come in handy for both softball and baseball players. The richly patterned full-grain, cognac leather shells are carefully crafted for catching balls. The glove’s versatility is enhanced by incorporating Rawlings’ famed “ZeroShock” in-palm padding element to reduce the sting of high speed balls. Catchers will also love the brushed nylon fingerback linings which are as comfortable as it gets.
8. Mizuno Franchise Baseball Glove
Finely crafted from pre-oiled Java quality leather, this is a baseball glove made for professionals. Don the glove and you will feel ready for the game at the highest level without much ado. To ensure full integrity during play, a fully laced web is maintained for the entire length. This quality is further enhanced by inclusion of an innovative “Hi-Low” lacing style. All these features add up to a fitting glove with all the flexibility needed for much easier closure. As you would expect of a top Mizuno sports product, the gloves feature a specially designed palm pad for added protection in action.
7. Wilson A360 Series 14″ Slowpitch Softball Glove
Another product from the leading sports brand: Wilson, this versatile and high quality leather glove will be a great addition to your collection. Carefully designed to include multiple features, it is as good a glove you will get for all positions use. One of the more endearing features is the glove’s closed back; complete with a hook and loop strap. You will also appreciate the split-hinge web design which guarantees a firmer hold. Meant for the recreational league player, the gloves come with an oversized pocket to guarantee a more intuitive and deeper catching area.
6. Rawlings Youth Players Series Baseball Pattern Glove
One of the most outstanding features on this revolutionary product is the Neo Flex back that includes a unique Velcro adjustment. The all-leather construction and finish guarantees a firm fit and flexibility that is enough for those quick grasps out on the field. The glove comes 80% broken from the factory floor and as such, with no more than minimal tryouts, it will be ready to perform at maximum potential on the field.
5. DeMarini Rogue BBG Baseball Glove
Though, crafted for all-round versatility, this is however a baseball glove that is more suited for infield players especially due to its innovative H-Web design feature. With its specially strengthened sublimated and patterned nylon back, the DeMarini is both a good looker and a high performer. The gloves also come with especially strong, two-tone laces which together contribute to the distinctive shaggy and flashy appearance. The special stitching and materials make for a lightweight glove that will suit different players, not just the hitters.
4. Mizuno Prospect Series GPP1076 Youth Baseball Mitt
Featuring a set of new refined design elements, the Mizuno Prospect GPP1076 is as good as youth baseball gloves get. In many online reviews, it has been described as flexible, tough, snug… Indeed, once you try it on, you will attest that all these adjectives are justified. One of the notable features is a V-Flex notch designed to help the catcher close in on the ball with minimal effort. As if that wasn’t enough, the glove is designed with Mizuno’s patented PowerClose technology. The palm pad also features ParaShock padding to minimize the sting of pitched balls.
3. Louisville Slugger 125 Series Ball Glove
Superbly crafted from genuine steerhide leather, this top grade baseball glove is guaranteed to perform for years without losing its grip and handling in the process. As with all genuine quality Louisville Slugger products, you are assured of the highest quality standards in all areas of stitching and reinforcement. The entire leather surface is oil treated for the best feel and even much easier break in.
2. Sportime Yellow Baseball Glove for a Left Handed Thrower
With its distinctive yellow contoured design, this softball and baseball glove is designed for use by young players who are just getting into grips with the dynamics of the game. Its 100% heavy-duty nylon mesh back guarantees you of long time durability and, quite unlike tough leather gloves, minimal break-in time. Many players prefer the nylon construction to leather. To begin with, nylon is just as strong but infinitely more flexible. Moreover, the material is lightweight, abrasion resistant and can withstand more abuse without cracking or crushing in the process.
1. Wilson Game Ready Soft Fit Infield/Pitcher Baseball Glove
This is as good as it gets for professional standard pitcher’s baseball glove with a Pro laced T-Web feature. Carefully crafted from the best grade of Eco leather, the glove includes proven engineering to provide softness right from the time you take it out of the package and for as many years as you would like to use it in play. To guarantee the maximum level of stability, a piece of leather has been placed between the glove’s outer shell and the palm liner. When the glove is said to feature “all-leather” construction, this is not just marketing drivel as everything from the shell, palm liner to the laces is made from genuine, fully cured leather.
Considering the variety of designs and materials used in the construction of different baseball gloves, it is little wonder then that many people find it so hard to choose the best. This needs not be the case for you. As has been outlined above, you can use these selected top performance baseball glove reviews to narrow your choice to no more than a handful of options. From there, selecting the one more suited to your style of play should prove much easier.