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Let me help you find the Best Shortstop Baseball Glove for 2016
Which is your favorite brand for baseball mitts?
Selecting the right glove
This is the glove that people are voting for: A2000
Tips for picking the Best Second base/shortstop glove 2015-2016
If you need help choosing a Baseball glove, or a fastpitch / softball glove, then I have plenty of information for you. Me and my brother played for over 20 years each and have a pretty good idea of what is out there.
There are differing opinions on what size you should use for a glove, this distinction is completely up to the player. If you are buying for a serious player, ask them what size they like so that they are comfortable on the field. Having played baseball most of my life, I have come to the same conclusion as most/all experts. The size of your glove is important depending on the position, but ultimately it comes down to comfort and what is the preferred size glove for the player. Ideally you don't want to use an outfielder's mitt at short stop, but if the player isn't comfortable with a smaller mitt yet, don't stick them out with a smaller mitt-- let them practice with it first.
The Shortstop and 2nd basemen will usually have the shortest gloves of all the positions. Third base can use just as short of a glove as well, but some like to use just a tad bigger to protect themselves and to catch line drives. The first baseman, of course, has a modified Mitt that is much bigger.
The reality is any kids 14 and older should really consider having the right size mitt, especially if they are considering playing High School and beyond. If he shows up with an outfielder's mitt(a much bigger mitt) and tries out for shortstop, depending on the coach, the kid could not make a team just for THAT reason. Don't believe me? I know of coaches that will cut people for wearing the wrong (black)socks. Obviously this depends on how competitive the team is, but there are subtle indicators that will tell you if a player knows the game or not.
Not being able to afford a glove can be a reason for you show up with the wrong glove. In a case like this, just tell the coach you can play the middle infield, but don't currently have a mitt for the infield. Many coaches will have spare mitts that you may be able to borrow.
If you want to save time, just get the A2000 it is the most used / popular glove in the Majors(MLB) and college. It is known around baseball as the best glove and will certainly make other kids jealous on the team.
More tips for picking up a shortstop glove
Here is a size chart that you can use whenever needed for all types of gloves. Please remember that some people like their gloves smaller and bigger than what is pictured, but this is a very accurate guide nonetheless.
What is the best mitt for a kid or loved one of any age?
If you don't want to all the reading and research and just want a good brand, then Wilson has a great tool to help you- you can find it on their website. Click here to use the tool pictured to the right to help choose a mitt for your loved one(any age). The picture shows how easy the steps are. And would like to know what the best Wilson mitt you can find. If you have a girl in softball don't be afraid to use that link as well paragraph.
To show you how easy the guide is I posted a picture of how simple the questions are. As long as you know the age and which arm they throw with-- then you will have a good choice in a glove in a couple of minutes.
Not only does that program give you a solid Mitt, it gives you the dimensions and anything else you may need to know. This way you can compare it to other popular brands like Rawlings, or my personal favorite Mizuno.
Here is a very, very helpful video which emphasizes a smaller glove for the infield
Buying a baseball mitt for someone else?
Depending on how particular the individual is. Try to bring the person who is getting the mitt and have them try some on. If they have already made up their mind it is one thing, but if the kid then you should think about bringing them. Having a good mitt can be the difference between sticking with Baseball or moving on. When you switch gloves you can feel awkward or have a feeling of being naked, or useless. You want the person that is using the mitt to have confidence when wearing it, confidence and practice are the two keys to success. If there are any doubts in the players mind, that is when the errors start piling on and when they start piling on the game can stop being fun.
Fielding requires an immense amount of skill, when you pay shortstop you have to be the best. When the ball hits your mitt you need a good, fast transfer and to get rid of the ball immediately.
So look for something that will give the player confidence and comfort.
Why do Shortstops and Second basemen want such short gloves?
So what we have come to find out is-- you want the glove to be short and more importantly comfortable.
If the player is not comfortable, then making plays in the field can be much harder. With comfort and practice comes confidence and confidence is how you make plays. So if the player doesn't feel comfortable with a smaller glove, they will have to get used to it, or move to a little bit bigger of a glove(to a certain extent). Or move to another position. it is important to find what works for them.
Having a small glove may not seem to make sense right? Well in the infield, you catch the ball with your hands and not the pocket. As you play the game you realize that you catch the ball with your palm in the infield and in the pocket in the outfield. The ball is much easier to transfer from a small glove, which over and over again is the difference between making the out or not.
There is a pretty standard size for short stops. It ranges anywhere from 10.5'' to 11.5'' inches. More specifically the 11'' to 11.25'' range. Once again it comes down to preference, does your kid completely trust his hands and want to get the ball out faster? My cousin used a glove in the 10.5 range and loved it. He hand very quick hands and was able to get the ball out faster.
The small the better. If you can use a 10.75'' glove USE IT!
How to Choose the Right Baseball Glove: Tips from MLB Stars
Where do you shop for your baseball equipment?
Where do I buy my short stop mitt from?
I am one of those people who doesn't like to research a ton, but I know what I want. Since I know what I want that takes care of comfort. I personally can adjust to most mitts, but my whole career I stuck with Mizuno, especially in the outfield. So knowing that Mizuno is a heavier glove than most-- I don't necessarily need to try it on at the store. Assuming I know the size and model I want-- I may want to try other places.
The place to get the BEST deal would be to check out Ebay. There are tons of people moving on from baseball. You can find plenty of great bats, helmets, jerseys, and most importantly gloves on there.. For ridiculously good prices. Especially in the off-season. It is like going to a garage sale, but not having to drive anywhere and hope to find something. You can end up looking for a certain mitt and getting other useful gear with it. With Ebay if you buy the right mitt it can already be broken in(hopefully correctly)-- there is a certain way that all gloves should be broken in!
Amazon is a great place to find the average price-- The A2000 is the same price as at the Wilson store. I am not sure if Wilson charges shipping and handling, but if so you can actually save money if you have Prime and have the mitt in two days. Amazon is probably better than most places you will try. You will usually get around the same deal as Sports Authority, Dicks, or whatever the big box store around you is.
Walmart/Kmart does not hold the best gear, but they have alright prices.
Ordering off of Eastbay is a pretty popular choice among athletes. My family has ordered plenty of our sporting goods from here. They offer all the best and latest gear and is a great place to find the price point of all the newest/best stuff on the market. The prices are competitive to Amazon and other places where you'd expect to pay full price. They have all the newest gear from every major brand.
Top pick- Wilson A2000
This is the bread and butter of at least a couple kids on every team. And judging by the poll everyone has participated in-- Wilson seems to be the favorite brand. This mitt is the reason why.
MLB players love the Wilson A2000 along with the A2K(different than the A2000).. Rawlings has Heart of the Hide and Pro-Preferred, which definitely deserve some of your attention
This is by far the most popular Shortstop glove. Every kid and their mom(yes their mom!) has this. And for good reason, it really is great-- you can see some of the best baseball players using this including gold glover Dustin Pedroia!
The size of the glove is very important if you are a short stop. The smaller the glove the faster the ball comes out, and everyone knows that baseball is a game of split-seconds! Comfort and confidence is very important when it comes to fileding the ball, but if you can go smaller, the do it! The Wilson A2000 is used regularly by Pros, College, and High School players. Even plenty of Little league kids use this! This is a short stop glove series they can take all the way to the pros! This glove is also the best for a second baseman.
This glove can be used in the outfield, but not recommended.. You need to have a 12-13 inch glove for that.
The most popular and trustworthy glove out there for MLB and College.
Pros players that use this glove(to name just a few) -
- Miguel Cabrera
- Placido Polanco
- Dustin Pedroia
- Orlando Hudson
- Ryan Braun
- Vladimir Guerrero
- Javier Vazquez
- Justin Morneau
Rawlings Top Gloves.
Rawlings has a great selection of some of the best infielders gloves. They have always had a huge following and that is why they are still around. They make great baseball products. I saw many people in the High School and college ranks using this glove. Of course nothing compares to the A2000 in popularity-- that glove was on almost every shortstop I played against.
Take your time and check out the huge selection of Rawlings baseball gloves on Amazon, there are tons. I picked out the ones most specific to this page.
- The Rawlings Heart of the Hide PROAK2 is one of the most popular choices among shortstops. Troy Tulowitzki likes and uses this glove. This is rated very similarly to the Pro Preferred.
- The Rawlings Pro Preferred is also highly sought after. Like many other mitts- there are plenty of different models, so be sure to check out the selection.
The top Nokona Gloves
This is not as well known of a brand to the average person, however they have quality gloves that certainly rival both Rawlings and Wilson. The Alpha Select Series: S200 is their bread and butter.
- NOKONA ALPHA SELECT SERIES: S200 -- This and the Walnut series are
Nokona Classic Walnut Series: WS1350C -- Another great choice. Of course some critics say it is better than the A2000. Which can be true for certain indiviuals.
Breaking in a shortstop glove
Mizuno delivers with some of the best short stop baseball gloves on the market. I am a huge fan of Mizunos gloves. If I could get any mitt I personally go with Mizuno. It is against the grain a little since the majority of people seem to like Rawlings and Wilson gloves.
If someone is feeling gracious and would like to buy an extra for me, just let me know :) If you are a fan of a rugged, little but heavier glove than Mizuno is a great choice.
Check out their nice selection of gloves on their site. You can see all of the latest a greatest and check out some of the ones that have been trusted for years and years.