A Quality Baseball Glove Makes a Big Difference

There is a buzz in the air. Opening Day is hear! New heroes are being discovered almost every day. Spring is over.. Now is the time to buy the new replacement glove for the boy who has outgrown his original one.The right baseball glove can make a big difference.

I will be comparing four fine quality gloves and try to help guide your purchasing decision. Buying a glove now can save some dollars as certain brands are offering discounts. The goal is to get the most bang for your buck, without sacrificing quality.

BRAND NAME: AKADEMA

Akadema makes a high end baseball glove for the major league players and has now made it obtainable for the younger non professionals. They feature two lines that have distinct advantages over the others. Their Reptilian glove series” uses a near-fingerless design that creates a natural air pocket, absorbing shocks and improving glove-to-hand transfer. The Reptilian glove has no breaking points in the pocket, so it keeps its shape longer than traditional gloves.” They also boast of the Funnel series. This style is designed to keep the glove in an open position, even when at rest. ‘This innovation stemmed from input from professional players who bend the thumb and pinky fingers of the glove outward to reshape the glove to a more open position. In 2005, Akadema signed their biggest name yet - Manny Ramirez, to endorse their gloves.” Akadema baseball gloves come in 3 series, with youth models selling for approximately $40 + and adult gloves selling for $100 +.1

BRAND NAME: MIZUNO

Mizuno makes 11 different lines of baseball gloves and feature more than 60 + models. Mizuno baseball gloves are well respected in our country as well as Japan. Mizuno has combined its 100 years of ball glove making experience with the latest in bio-mechanical science to develop the world’s best ball glove: Mizuno Pro with 4D Technology. Their high end "Pro Limited" series of baseball gloves sell in the range of $250, while their "Prospect Series" youth gloves can be purchased for under $20. The big edge that Mizuno has is that their technology has incorporated the results from pros on the dynamics of catching a ball. They have now designed position specific gloves as a result of their state of the art technology.2

BRAND NAME: RAWLINGS

A maker of baseball gloves for over 80 years makes Rawlings perhaps the most well known brand name. Rawlings baseball gloves have been a favorite of both the pros as well as the amateurs for over eight years. Their popularity derives from their comfort and safety features as well as the range of prices. You can purchase the most expensive line of gloves for $300 or so, but Rawlings baseball gloves also come in cheaper versions, sometimes for $10 or less. Rawlings has 8 different series of gloves featuring in excess of 60 models.3

BRAND NAME: WILSON

Wilson has been making baseball gloves for 87 years, starting back in 1922.Their line includes 13 series of gloves and that includes 5 series just for youths. The official glove of all of Major League baseball is the Wilson A200. Many of the pros use Wilson gloves. Their price range starts at under &15 for the youth gloves and their Pro Stock series in the $200’s.4

All are fine choices and have different things to offer. I listed in the order they are in, purely by alphabetical order.The process of actually deciding which glove to get depends on several factors. The most critical factors include your field position, your size, your level of play and your personal preferences. These factors would include the size, pocket webbing, the back of the glove . The bottom line is you need to combine your budget with your desires. What you want and what you can pay may not match up.The comforting part is all four models offer quality and price range options. So, time to see if you can "catch" a good deal.

REFERENCES

1) www.akademapro.com

2) www.mizunousa.com/diamond

3) www.rawlings.com

4) www.wilsonglove.com



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Gravy Train 6 years ago

Nice article. Here's my article about breaking in your new glove http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Break-in-a-Baseball...


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writer02 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

Well written. I have used Wilson for almost my whole life but I recently switched to Spalding and have been very satisfied with the grip and how the deep pocket design on the Stadium Series really helps traps those line drives to short stop.

http://www.spalding.com/baseball_gloves.html

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