The Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO204M-2RBG, an 11.5 inch middle infield glove, is the latest sweet Baseball Monkey exclusive available on their website. Here's everything you must know about it before buying:
Ball Gloves Online's Quick Take
The 204 Pattern is the top Rawlings' option for the middle infield.
Blue + Black + Gold = an outstanding and unique colorway.
Although Rawlings' HOH materials are very good, mesh lowers the rating**.
A good value for a high quality, good-looking shortstop & second base glove.
Summary: The Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO204M-2RBG is an 11.5 inch middle infield glove, features a unique blue, black, and gold colorway, and is built with high quality materials. It is an overall good value.
The Complete Guide
Pattern: The Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO204M-2RBG's 11.5 inch pattern* features an I-web and shallow pocket, and is a top option for shortstop and second base.
Colorway: The designers of this glove went all-out on the design, crafting a blue, black, and gold colorway that is surely flashy and bright. Expect to get a few wishful looks from opposing players.
Mesh: The back of this glove features mesh, a synthetic material that lowers the overall weight of this glove**, making it more controllable in the field.
Material Quality: Like all Heart of the Hide models, this glove is made out of a slew of high quality materials, including a durable base Steerhide leather.
Recommendation: The Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO204M-2RBG is perfect for those flashier middle infielders who also want a bit of a lighter mitt.
* The mechanics of the 204 pattern include a thumb-to-pinky squeeze along the pattern's famous squared-off heel. You can break this pattern in either two-in-the-pinky or traditional grip.
** Although mesh does certainly make this glove a tad (10%-15%) lighter, mesh's lower durability makes a mesh-backed glove slightly less durable than its all-leather counterparts.
Glove Series, Price
Heart of the Hide, $249.99
Length, Web Style
Middle Infield, possibly 3B
Features a Mesh Back