Why Are There Different Glove Types?
You may be looking for a glove for yourself or as a gift for someone else and wonder: why are there so many different types of gloves? Well, the truth is, each glove type is designed to help the player with the conditions they'll face in the game. Below are the different types of Baseball Gloves out there and a little more information to help you get started.
Being close to the batter, infielders need to have quick hands and typically smaller gloves help with that. Especially for middle infielders (2nd base and shortstop), players will need to be quick on their feet and be able to scoop up fast ground balls as well as hard line drives. The third baseman usually has a longer glove to allow for better fielding than the middle infielders do.
You're probably wondering why a pitcher even needs a glove, right? Well, it's important to know that the pitcher is the closest player to the batter and will be getting some balls hit pretty hard at them - they should have a glove. Most pitchers can use just about any infielder's glove, but it's important to remember that the web of the glove should be closed so that the batter can't spot which pitch they are about to get.
This one is hopefully a bit more obvious since it has "catcher" in the name. A catcher's mitt must protect the hand of the player from constantly getting fastballs thrown at them. They always have high padding and it is important for the player to find one that feels comfortable because they are intentionally bulky. Look for ones with very good padding on the palm. Also, take into consideration that sometimes pitchers don't quite hit the target and the catcher has to manage to stop the ball from getting past them.
First Baseman's Glove
Some people think that these gloves look a bit funny, but their design and construction serve some very important functions. These gloves don't have holes for the fingers because you will want to use your full hand to catch the ball. Lots of times you will have to "pick" the ball from a short hop off the dirt and the unique curve helps with that. You should also look for one that has good padding for the palm and right at the base of the index finger.
These gloves are usually the longest because they tend to have to chase fly balls and the longer the glove the longer the reach. Deep pockets make it hold the ball better once you do catch it to help prevent it from slipping out because the player is usually running at high speeds.