The Best Catcher Gloves for the 2019 Season, Ranked

As the 2019 season accelerates upon us, the time to upgrade your catcher’s mitt is quickly ending. But even though game action starts soon, there’s still enough time to buy and break-in a new mitt.

And while we are no experts on catcher’s gloves (we’re infielders after all), we talked to a large group of catchers and compiled a ranking of the best catcher gloves for the 2019 season:

5. Mizuno Pro GMP200

The Mizuno Pro may be the best glove quality-wise on this list, but what keeps it in fifth place is its exorbitant price. This mitt costs a hefty $600, which is $200 more than any other mitt on this list.

While the materials on this glove are truly amazing and the glove comes with a slew of unrivaled features, spending that much on a mitt is unfathomable to some.

But if you’re willing to drop a pretty penny on the last catcher’s glove you’ll ever need to buy, the GMP200 33.5″ is certainly the glove you want to be using behind the dish.

4. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROSCM33B

The PROSCM33B is Rawlings’ best offering behind the dish, as its 33″ pattern and Pro Preferred materials are perfect for backstops looking for a top-notch catcher’s glove.

And while there’s nothing fancy about this mitt, it’s easily the best option for catchers who are diehard Rawlings users. And while, like every Pro Preferred, it’s a bit pricey, it’s worth every penny.

3. Wilson A2000 1790

The 1790 is a favorite of many of the catchers we talked to due to its ample length (34″) and sizable pocket. And the fact that it’s held up well for them doesn’t hurt its placement, either.

The 1790 is a pretty standard catcher’s mitt, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. It is one of the best gloves for catchers looking for a bigger glove for behind the dish in the upcoming season.

2. Wilson A2000 M2

At first glance, the M2 seems like a typical catcher’s glove. But when you dig a bit deeper, this 33.5″ mitt is actually one of the coolest mitts for behind the plate for the 2019 season.

The reasoning for this is simple: The M2 comes with a built-in leather thumb guard, which perfectly compliments the awesome M2 and the lightweight Super Skin back.

This thumb guard takes away the majority of the sting without the uncomfortable feeling of most third party thumb protectors, making a glove that is perfect behind the dish on multiple levels.

1. All Star CM3000SBT (33.5″)

All Star CM3000SBT

The CM3000 was the most popular glove of catchers we talked to, largely due to its combination of an excellent pattern, comfortable lining, high quality materials, and top notch performance.

If you’re looking for the best catcher’s mitt on the market, the All Star CM3000 is it. And whether you want a huge mitt (35″), an average sized one (33.5″), or a small one (32″), All Star has a CM3000 for you.

[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]

The Best Second Base Gloves for the 2021 Season, Ranked

Even as the outdoor beginning of the season quickly approaches for many players, there’s still time to both buy and break-in a new glove for the 2021 season.

And while there’s a ton of options for second basemen, some are clearly better than others. We tested a bunch of second base gloves and found the top five for the 2021 season.

  1. Wilson A2000 1786: The best 11.5″ Infield glove on the market, comes with an I-web and a perfect shallow pocket. Pick it up here.
  2. Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO204: Another 11.5″ glove that comes with an I-web and shallow pocket, though the pattern is a bit worse than the above 1786. The best choice for Rawlings lifers. Buy it here.
  3. Wilson A2000 DP15: The 11.5″ model with a tighter wrist design. Perfect for smaller second basemen that still want a top-tier glove. Check it out here.
  4. Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO314: The Rawlings version of the DP15, an 11.5″ mitt with a tighter wrist fit. Great pattern that plays a bit flatter than the DP15. Pick it up here.
  5. Custom 44 Pro Gloves: An $185 custom glove that is worth every penny. The most affordable custom mitt that comes with high quality materials and a nice design. We recommend an 11.5″ mitt with an I-web. Start designing here.

Best Glove Sizes for Second Basemen

  1. 11.5″: The perfect balance between enough length at the fingers and a shallow enough pocket for quick transfers.
  2. 11.25″: Creates the shallowest pocket you can get for second base, but at the expense of a glove that will always feel tiny on your hand.
  3. 11.75″: Feels a bit big for the position, but could be useful for bigger second basemen that needs a longer glove to field at their highest potential.

Best Glove Webs for Second Basemen

  1. I-web: The perfect web design for second basemen that creates the shallow-yet-sturdy pocket needed for fielding grounders and making quick transfers.
  2. H-web: A bit deeper web design that is a bit sturdier than the I-web. Not highly recommended for second base, but can be useful for dual second basemen/third basemen.
  3. One-Piece Web: A unique web style used on the tiny 11″ Wilson X2, the one-piece web creates a super sturdy and super shallow pocket for its user. However, you can only get it on tiny gloves or expensive custom gloves.
[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]

The Best Third Base Gloves for the 2021 Season, Ranked

  1. Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO206/PRO10006: Rawlings’ 12 inch model is the best in the business, as this model gives a nice, deep pocket and enough glove for the hot corner. Get it here.
  2. Wilson A2000 1787: Wilson’s 11.75″ model comes with a medium depth, flat pocket that is perfect for third base. Although a bit smaller than the above model, we feel this model is still perfect for third base. Check it out here.
  3. Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205: An 11.75″ version of the #1 model on this list. Still has the H-web but with a medium-to-deep pocket, this model is great for players who like a shorter glove at third. Buy it here.
  4. Wilson A2K 1795: A Wilson 12″ model with a deep and rounded pocket. Perfect for third base but still has a weird feel to it that warrants its fourth place finish. Pricey, too. Get it here.
  5. 44 Pro Gloves Custom 12″, H-web Glove: An affordable custom glove that comes with a good design and materials for third base. Only $185 with a ton of cool customization features. Start designing one here.
[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]

The Best Shortstop Gloves for the 2021 Season, Ranked

Shortstop is one of the most important defensive positions on the diamond, serving as the anchor of the infield on almost every team. Therefore, you’re going to need a good glove to be the model defender of your team, and these are the best gloves that will help you do just that:

  1. Wilson A2000 1786: An 11.5″ Infield mitt with a shallow pocket, perfect fit, and amazing longevity. The best shortstop glove money can buy, you can get it here.
  2. Rawlings Pro Preferred PROS204: Another 11.5″ mitt that has a slightly different pocket than the above model. The best shortstop option for Rawlings fanatics, but falls a bit short of the 1786. Get it here.
  3. Wilson A2000 1787: An 11.75″ model that still has a shallower pocket for quick transfers. The best option for players who like a bigger mitt at short. Get it here.
  4. Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO205: An 11.75″ option for Rawlings fans who like more glove for shortstop. Nice pocket with a solid fit and break-in. Shop it here.
  5. Custom 44 Pro Gloves: The best affordable custom glove on the market ($185). Nice pattern, pocket, break-in, and customization options. We recommend an 11.5″ model with an I-web. Start designing one here.

Best Glove Lengths for Shortstops:

  1. 11.5″: Gives you the perfect combination of length to scoop groundballs and the perfect amount of depth to make quick transfers. The best glove length for shortstops.
  2. 11.75″: Perfect for bigger shortstops or shortstops who want a bit more glove to work with in the field. You’ll need to compensate for the deeper pocket, however.
  3. 11.25″: Great for making the quickest transfers possible at shortstop, but it takes practice to work with a glove this small and this can be limiting in many ways on the diamond.

Best Web Styles for Shortstops

  1. I-web: Makes a shallow pocket for quicker transfers. Perfect amount of strength, flexibility, and utility to anchor the infield, and forms a perfect pocket for shortstops.
  2. H-web: A bit deeper pocket with less flexibility than the I-web. Creates a rounder pocket that works better for players who like a more secure pocket at short.
  3. Cross/T Web: Most flexible web design that creates the deepest pocket. You can break your Cross Web glove in many different ways, but they are also the weakest web styles to hold your pocket together.
[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]

Signs you need (and don’t Need) a New Baseball Glove

Reasons you probably need a new glove:

  • The form is super floppy and simply doesn’t hold anymore. Whether your perfect break-in is gone of your glove feels like a pancake, the form going is the first sign the glove is on its last legs.
  • There is a ripping or cracking: Whether it is in the palm of the back of the mitt, ripping and cracking are signs of severe deterioration of the leather. Of course, this is a telling sign the glove is done.
  • It starts to feel very heavy when you use it: A build-up or tons of grime and dirt in the glove causes it to feel very heavy. This not only makes the performance of the glove worse, but depletes the quality of the leather, as well.
  • The padding feels nonexistent: The felt padding thinning out is a key sign the glove is fully worn out. You’ll feel unusually strong pain after catches in the palm and pocket, which are both bad signs.

Signs you don’t need a new glove:

  • You want a glove for a secondary position: Unless you play the secondary position as much as your main position, there’s little reason to buy a second glove (unless it’s a catcher’s mitt or 1B mitt).
  • You just want a new glove: Unless you can buy 10 of them, don’t buy a new glove just because you want a new one. You’re better off saving your money for more necessary future expenses.
  • Your glove is old but isn’t worn out: Some gloves will hold their form for longer than others, and just because your glove is old does not mean you need a new one. Older gloves are typically better built, somehow, anyway.
[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]

The Best Ambidextrous Mitts for Those Who Throw with Both Hands

We’ve all done it before. We’ve taken off our glove, put the ball in our other hand, and tried to throw with our non-dominant arm.

And the results aren’t pretty. Either the throw almost hits someone else, or if it reaches your partner, it comes in so slow that even a t-baller could hit it.

But the truth is, there are actually pitchers who can bring it from both sides of the plate. The first recorded MLB pitcher to do so was Pat Venditte in 2015:

And when he finally made his debut, it was the main news story in sports the next day. But what caught my attention wasn’t his historical debut, but something else: his glove.

Though I definitely heard of the idea of an ambidextrous glove, I never actually saw one until I saw Venditte hop on the bump for the Athletics.

I quickly fell in love with his Mizuno Pro Amibdextrous Mitt, which Venditte briefly talks about in the following video:

He used similar models in subsequent appearances, but the fact of the matter is that he is using a mitt you won’t see on store shelves.

In fact, you can’t even buy a Mizuno Pro Ambidextrous mitt online, an interesting tidbit that prompts the following question:

What are the best ambidextrous mitts?

And after some research into the subject, we’ve found the three best ambidextrous mitts for you:

3. Akadema ABX 00 Ambidextrous Mitt

Akadema ABX 00 Ambidextrous Mitt

The ABX 00 has been around seemingly forever, and is a favorite for those who are ambidextrous and want to only buy one glove.

But, there are certainly better mitts out there for ambidextrous pitchers, as the leather and construction on this mitt are simply not that good.

However, if you’re looking for a glove that could be ready right away and last you a generally long time, certainly take a look at the ABX 00.

Buy Now

2. 44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove

44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove

The 44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove is the most unique option on this list for one reason: you can customize it.

With nine customization options, you can certainly make the 44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove exactly your own by adding colors and even your name.

44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove

And the Kip leather on the glove is by far the best leather offered on any of the gloves on this list. However, there are a few drawbacks.

One, the price. The 44 Pro Ambidextrous Glove is almost double the price of any other mitt on this list, largely because of the extra options you get.

Two, the break-in. 44 Pro Gloves are notoriously hard to break-in, and this may be a large issue for a glove that it meant to be used with both hands.

But if you’re comfortable with a lengthy break-in and higher price, this is the best ambidextrous mitt for you.

Buy Now

1. Rawlings Gamer XLE Ambidextrous Glove

Rawlings Gamer XLE Ambidextrous Glove 1

The Rawlings Gamer XLE Ambidextrous Glove is a newcomer to the game of ambidextrous gloves, but it’s certainly been able to top the rankings quickly.

It has durable yet soft leather and solid construction, meaning you’ll be able to use the mitt out of the box and still use it years down the road.

Rawlings Gamer XLE Ambidextrous Glove 2

And with the best pattern for an ambidextrous mitt, the mitt will feel awesome to close and you’ll have no issues fielding with the funky ambidextrous mitt.

And at only $129.99, it comes at great price point for the best ambidextrous glove on the market.

Buy Now

[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]

What is Superskin? A Complete Guide

Superskin is a synthetic material Wilson is increasingly using on their new mitts, making it a good idea to know exactly what Superskin is. In this post we break down the facts about this material:

  • Superskin is a synthetic material with a soft, supple feel. Wilson claims it decreases the weight of the glove in half while doubling the strength of traditional leather.
  • Is it truly lighter weight? It definitely feels like it, whether placebo or not. Wilson’s own tests have said it is, as well, so the answer to this question is a definite yes.
  • Is it truly stronger? It’s hard to tell objectively. We’ve used Superskin gloves for a few seasons without the glove breaking down, but that is the standard with Wilson gloves. We can’t say its stronger, but we can say it doesn’t decrease the durability of a mitt.
  • Superskin is also water-repellant. Rain, sweat, and other liquids will slide off the Superskin without any damage or soaking in. In addition, it’s super easy to clean this material without ruining it, unlike leather.
  • Is it worth it? It depends. The feel of the material takes getting used to and some traditionalists probably won’t like it. But if you want a lighter glove that uses new-age materials, you should definitely check out Wilson’s Superskin models.
[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]

Wilson Glove of the Month August 2017: Daniel Norris’ Wilson A2K DW5

[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]

The 5 Best Rawlings’ Second Base Gloves

[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]

The Best Infield Training Gloves for the 2021 Season

  1. Wilson A2000 9.5″ Training Glove: High quality materials and the perfect design for infield training, the A2000 Training mitt is the gold standard for smaller gloves that make you a better infielder. Get it here.
  2. Allstar “The Pick” 9.5″ Training Glove: A cheaper option that will still help you improve your fielding game. Not the greatest materials but still gets the job done at a high level. Check it out here.
  3. Rawlings Heart of the Hide Training Glove: Another pricey, high quality option, this time from Rawlings. The design falls a bit short of the A2000, but is still a top option. Buy it here.
  4. Valle 9.75″ Infield Training Glove: A bigger option from a company that focuses on training gloves. We don’t have a ton of info on these, but we have heard they are very good. Check this mitt out here.
  5. Rawlings R9 9″ Training Glove: Another cheaper option that makes for a great infield training glove. Decent materials and design for the player looking to get a more affordable training option. See it here.
[ajax_load_more post_type="post" post_format="standard"]