Many young boys will have grown up wanting to be like their favorite baseball heroes and they would have been given baseball gloves at some point during their childhood. There are several different types of baseball gloves to choose from and you will need to research them to find out which ones are ideal for you and your child.
A baseball glove or mitt as it is often known is a leather glove which helps to protect a players hand in baseball when they are defending and catching the ball. The baseball mitts are designed to be very large enabling the players to be able to catch the ball with one hand rather than two. There are different types of baseball gloves depending on what position you are in on the field. The highest quality one are made from leather and do not have Velcro to hold it in place. This style of gloves will take some time to feel comfortable and once broken into your hand is unique to you.
You will find that on the field the baseball gloves are split between the mitts and the gloves the design that is lacking the fingers is called mitts. The catcher and first baseman will wear this variety as they have more padding and have a claw like appearance. They are hinged to provide an excellent gripping ability and are often longer and wider than other baseball mitts. These types of baseball gloves are specific to these positions on the field and are often patterned and custom made for the players.
Infielders, outfielders and pitchers gloves are smaller and have pockets to allow the players to remove the ball quickly and return it to the field. Some of these gloves will have open webbing and others will be closed. This will depend on the position on the field that the player is stood in the open webbing is designed to allow the player to remove dirt and debris from the glove. All of the baseball gloves are sized by measuring from the tip of the index finger of the glove down to the heel of the glove.
Although children's baseball gloves are very similar to adults ones they are smaller in size and will often only be 9 inches long. All of the different types of baseball gloves are made from leather different manufacturers are making them with softer leathers. Kangaroo and buffalo hides are often now used to make the gloves softer and easier to break in. The baseball gloves will be made by machines so they are all identical apart from the custom made ones. These will be far more expensive and take longer to produce. Many top baseball players will have their own custom made baseball mitts to play with.
Whatever design and style of baseball glove you decide on you will need to research them well and know exactly what you are buying. You can purchase the different types of baseball gloves online or in a sports shop. Everyone likes to own their own glove even if it is to throw some balls in the backyard with the family.