In baseball, the infielder’s glove differs in design from an outfielder’s glove mainly because the infielder plays requires more throwing and catching than you have with an outfielder. Having a good understanding of these differences between these two baseball gloves will help in your decision to choose what is best for you.
Features of an Infielder’s Glove
Size of Pocket: The pocket of an infielder’s glove have shallow pockets because it is more difficult to make a quick catch when the glove a deep pocket. The infielder’s gloves are lighter in weight and also more responsive to wrist movements because they are open across the back of the hand.
These are a whole different breed of glove but usually an 11.25 will be the smallest and they can range up to a 12 or a 12.25 depending on how big the third baseman wants to go. These gloves have the shallowest pocket because they are receiving throws from shortstop and third base and when they are turning too they don’t have to dig around for the ball in the glove, it is best the infielder’s glove is at shallow as can be. So it is recommended an infielder’s glove to be at least an 11.5 inch glove and then you can go all the way up to 12 inches or even 12.25.
There are three different web patterns and I am pretty sure the most common infielder web is the I-web. The I-web and its variants give a really shallow pocket. The reason why you always want to have an open web on an infielder’s glove is because you want the dirt to fall out and you want the ball to stay in obviously so that is the reason why infielder’s gloves usually have open webs. So moving on from the I-web which is one of the shallowest webs we also have the h-web which most people say is kind of a medium web. I think it is a little bit deeper but the general consensus when you are breaking in a glove and the global community is that the h-web is going to be a medium to deep web. It is not uncommon at other spots just the most common at third base. Next up we will go with the cross web and its variants including the laced cross web; the laced cross web is going to give you one of the deepest pockets you can get. More details here: http://www.athleticstoronto.ca/a-few-important-features-that-make-best-baseball-gloves/
Features of the Outfielder’s Glove
The outfielder’s glove has a deeper pocket, this is to enable them secure more fly balls before they hit the ground. The glove size of an outfielder usually ranges from 12 inches to 14 inches. This size gives the outfielders more room for error when they are catching the ball as they don’t have to catch the ball all the time when there is a big enough pocket. In terms of webbing, a closed web is recommended for an outfielder for that extra support when they are making a catch.
The infielder’s glove varies in many different ways as the first basemen gloves have an extra layer of leather because they catch more balls. The second basemen gloves are usually smaller and because the third basemen have to deal with the least pressure, their gloves is usually close in size and pocket to that of the outfielder’s. On the other hand, there are not a lot of differences when it comes to the outfielder’s glove as they mostly differ in terms of the player’s preferences.