Four customized best baseball gloves arrived with players in tow, on the first day of baseball training. One was a catcher who also had a full baseball bag, a cargo of catcher’s equipment. Two were coming for the outfield because of their tall and thin bodies and looking them, I just believed they could make the throw to the plate. The last player, sporting a black and red Nokona open web design glove, was going to be either a shortstop or a second baseman. Unfortunately, he had the incorrect kind of glove and had nobody with any knowledge to help him select wisely.

I had only one of these custom gloves last year, an infrequent player who matched the superiority of the glove. He played second base for us and had grown into an excellent ball player. He really loved that glove, a Rawlings ideal and it fitted him personally. It was carefully chosen, suited him like a glove (pun intended). The problem I usually have with this kind of baseball equipment is that they infrequently match the player. Most of the time, the glove is so perfect than the player and in the end the young man pouts on the bench since he cannot get into the match and on the field on a constant basis.

My two outfielders were contrasting their investments when I listened to their obvious enjoyment. Sent to the outfield, we strike them many flying balls, which they fielded constantly. One had an arm, but the other did not. Neither had any experience striking a cutoff man and I doubted at what level this is instructed. It is the best outfield glove I’ve ever used.

We transferred the uncertain arm to third a few days later and he was specifically good at the position. Lanky and tall, he moved into a crouch simply and had no problem extending himself across the third base line in order to field a couple line drives. His throwing was unpredictable and I felt the glove was too large for him at that position. The third basemen need a larger glove, some prefer the large open web most outfielders utilize, but with such a large glove they have a problem fielding those tough hit grounders.