Baseball Pitching Glove
By Steven Ellis, former Chicago Cubs pitching pro
Every position has a special type of glove they should be using, and this holds true for pitchers as well. The size, color, webbing, etc are all important factors to consider when choosing a pitching glove.
Having the correct size glove is necessary for several reasons. If the glove is too small, it will be difficult to grip your pitches without the opposing coaches and players seeing your pitch selection. If the glove is too big, it will be heavy and awkward when performing the pitching motion. It is recommended that a pitcher’s glove be 11 ¾” to 12”, however some pitchers use a glove a ½” smaller or bigger, depending on personal preference. This size of glove has been proven to be large enough to hide your grips, yet small enough to not hinder your pitching motion.
The color of the glove is also a factor to consider. As a pitcher, it is illegal to use a white glove, or even a glove with white in it. The white glove will make it hard for hitters to pick up the white ball. For this reason, it is wise to choose a traditional tan or black glove.
The webbing on a pitcher’s glove is very important. You don’t want an open webbing such as an “H Pattern”. A popular webbing design for pitchers is the trapeze woven model or the closed back model. It is crucial to keep the inside of your glove hidden from the hitters. With an open webbing, it may be easy for the hitters to see which pitch you are gripping. A closed webbing will block the batter’s view of your grip, giving you a better chance to get them out.
Every pitcher has their preference to which brand of glove they use, and there really is not a wrong brand. Some of the more popular ones are Rawlings, Wilson, Mizuno, and Nike, however there are several other reputable brands worth looking into. The best way to decide which brand is right for you is to experience them for yourself. If you find a glove that you absolutely love, then there is really no reason to switch brands.
The price of a mitt can range anywhere from $50-$400 for a top of the line model. When it comes to baseball gloves, you typically get what you pay for. A better quality leather will cost you more, as well as better build quality. If you pay for a cheaper glove, expect less durability than the top of the line model.
In the end, there is no “right” glove for a pitcher. Everyone is unique and we all have our own preferences. The “right” glove is the one that you are comfortable with. You will be making many pitches with that glove, so make sure you find one that suits you!