Pitching Gloves

By Steven Ellis former Chicago Cubs pitching pro

If you're a baseball pitcher, you'll want to make sure that you choose a proper ball glove. Of the few pieces of pitching equipment you'll use (including a good jacket and maybe a pitcher's toe for your cleats or some long-sleeve Under Armour shirts), your glove is probably the most important piece of equipment you have.

Now this doesn't mean you need to go out and plunk down $300 on a brand new mitt. There are good deals to be had for much less money. But when choosing your glove, there are a few things I suggest your glove has: Purchase a glove that's 11-3/4 to 12 inches, has a closed web (to hide the baseball, of course), and that's all one color (e.g., all brown or all black).

If you are a pitcher like me who leaves your index finger outside the back of your glove, then do try to get a piece of leather to cover it. Many gloves now come with this. If yours doesn't, you can simply take your glove to a leather shoe repair shop and have a piece of leather affixed to the back of your glove.

The reason this is important is because often, without knowing it, pitchers "tip off" their off-speed pitches by making subtle movements with their index finger that's outside the glove, telegraphing what they're throwing to everyone on the field. If that index finger is covered, however, those movements are shielded from view.

So remember, your pitching glove...

1. Should be 11-3/4 to 12 inches in length.

2. Should have a closed web (to hide the baseball, of course).

3. Should be all one color (e.g., brown or black).

Lastly, which baseball pitchers gloves do I recommend? Rawlings, SSK, Mizuno, and Zett make good gloves. Wilson and Nakoma tend to be on the heavy side, while Akadema and Nike make gloves that tend to be lighter in weight. Another company comparable to Akadema is Yennaco, made by Jay Yennaco, a former Chicago Cubs player.

Most premium-leather baseball gloves have a “break in” time of about three or four weeks. And most professional baseball players have two or three gloves – a game-day glove, and one or two gloves that are used for practices.


 

 

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