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Best Baseball Gloves – By Position with 2021 Updates

After testing, here are the Best Baseball Gloves – By Position with 2021 Updates our players and parents found.

By Brian Duryea | @BatDigest

Update December 8, 2020:

We updated this best glove list with our 2021 favorites for the holiday season. The 11.5-inch Wilson in an A2000 is still our favorite. But, we do expand that list to the DP and Superskin versions of the glove. Although, in the end, any version will do for the serious ballplayer. As well, we also added the utility version of the 1786 11.5-inch Wilson. You can tell it is the utility version because it has the Pro-Laced T-Web on the 11.5-inch glove.

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Best Baseball Gloves – By Position with 2021 Updates

After hours and hours of use, as well as long conversations with players, manufacturers, and vendors, we think the best infield gloves are the 1786 A2000 from Wilson. There are, we note emphatically, a number of similar options from other brands which compete favorably. In fact, there are several patterns within the Wilson brand that compete well with the 1786.

But, in the end, the impeccable leather, useful 11.5-inch length, classic I-Web, and medium pocket of the full leather 1786 is the best infield glove.

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Where to Buy Baseball Gloves?

There are several legitimate outlets where you can purchase baseball gloves. Of note, most people end up buying a glove in a brick and mortar store. They want to touch and feel the glove. This approach makes some sense. However, the limited supply and price points of brick and mortar locations often produce a sub-optimal result.

We highly recommend online glove buying. And reading our glove reviews is a helpful step. After you decide on a glove, we suggest you look closely at places like closeoutbats.com and justballgloves.com. As well, eBay’s glove section, as well as Amazon’s baseball glove section, are worth a look too. Most new gloves from the significant manufacturers require no less than some determined minimum price. If you are buying a “this-years” glove from a legit retailer, you can expect to pay the same anywhere.

Common Glove Questions

What Makes Features are on the Best Youth Baseball Gloves?

As a general rule, the best youth baseball gloves are made from the best leather. The best leather is both softer and more durable. Some manufacturers argue that Kip leather, made from the hides of small cows, is the most premium leather. Others claim that buffalo hide is the best. Also, some gloves use sheepskin on the inside while others might use real deer-hide. Those are just some of the considerations when choosing the best youth baseball gloves.

Who Makes Youth Gloves?

Many manufacturers make youth baseball gloves. Wilson, Rawlings, Marucci, Nokona, Louisville Slugger, Easton, Akadema, and several others produce youth baseball gloves.

What Gloves to the Pro’s Use?

Pro baseball players tend to use quality gloves from a few select manufacturers. Rawlings is currently the most popular MLB glove brand. Wilson is next. After that, several brands have played in the majors.
That includes groups like Louisville Slugger, Marucci, and Nike.

What Size Glove for an 8 Year Old?

Depending on the position and the size of the player, most eight-year-olds would appreciate an 11 to the 11.5-inch glove. We would recommend the Nokona S-200 in the 11.25 if the budget were not a concern. If you still wanted a quality glove but wanted to spend less than $100, we would suggest the Rawlings Gamer in an 11.25 or 11.5-inch pattern.

Best Outfield Gloves Criteria

Our criteria for the best outfield glove consisted of a few useful metrics. First, the glove needs appreciation and use by the best players in the game. Second, we considered the reputation of a durable break-in relatively high as most gloves at these price points intend for long life. Third, we settled on a 12.75-inch length with a strong and big pocket as the perfectly shaped glove. We were not as concerned with color and style as we were with functionality, but we were naturally more attracted to impressive-looking gloves.

Wilson A2000 Infield Bias

Anyone reading the above lists of best baseball gloves might suspect a bias towards Wilson and, in particular, the A2000 models. We have yet to hear a convincing argument as to why the A2000 line is not among the best glove on the market. Sure, there are other great glove lines. Wilson’s A2K, Rawlings’ Heart of the Hide, and Pro Preferred, to name a few. But even those struggle slightly in terms of the name recognition the younger generation wants on their hands. The A2000 rules the roost and for a good reason too. It has a reputation for excellent material, a great break-in, and a durable nature to last you for years and years to come.

Best Gloves Sources

Many articles boast the best glove list. Although prevalent, we struggle to find them wildly helpful. Many of them seem more bent on word counts and Amazon links than anything useful. That said, we did refer to the customer ranking system on Amazon a few times.

We also spent time on closeoutbats.com glove section, trying to determine which gloves were best sellers and get a better feel on pricing. We also spent some time on our best infield gloves article. Although a different topic, the idea behind the search and criteria was a good reminder. The fact an A2000 won that category also gave us a little pause in terms of our bias meter. But, in the end, these gloves were our favorites.

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Jim B
Jim B
8 months ago

No Akadema? No Nokona? come on, this can’t be a real review….showless Joe makes it?

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