Baseball gloves are rich in history, ranging back well over a hundred years. Doug Allison (1870) of the Cincinnati Red Stockings is thought to be the first player to utilize a glove when playing because he had an injured left hand. Now how his hand got injured is still up for debate, but there’s a good chance it was because he was playing catcher… without a glove.
We won’t be ranging back into history with this article though. Instead, we will be doing quite the opposite. JustBallGloves.com takes a look at the latest and greatest in the 10 best 2018 baseball glove series.
These are the most popular baseball glove series based on consumer behavior and player feedback.
Wilson continues their long rooted history of creating elite gloves with the new version of the A2000. It’s a line we have all become quite familiar with over the past few years. Utilizing pro stock leather, the A2000 line will provide unbeatable durability and a premium feel. The SuperSkin technology in place will create a lighter, stronger, and water repellent model. Furthermore, the 2018 Wilson A2000 SuperSkin series will have a quicker break-in period than the traditional A2000 models.
You may be wondering, “what’s the difference between an A2000 and an A2K model?” The short and sweet answer is the A2K models are more premium as they are handcrafted, softer, and will last even longer than the A2000 models. The new 2018 A2K models are no exception to this either. The pro stock select leather used by all A2K models comes from the top 5% of all Wilson hides. The rolled dual welting creates a perfect pocket and the double palm construction provides maximum pocket stability.
The Color Sync series takes the combination of the rich history of Rawlings’ Heart of the Hide gloves and a nice personalization through truly vibrant colors. These Color Sync gloves make for excellent options for infielders looking for a chance to show a little extra flair while still having an elite, Heart of the Hide glove. The well-documented durability remains unmatched as the leather used in these models will be cut from the top 5% of all Rawlings’ hides. Furthermore, the Tennessee Tanning Rawhide results in unparalleled durability and strength.
This series leaves no doubt in its’ quality based on the name alone. This gold standard Rawlings model provides the ultimate combination of both feel and durability. The new revolutionary Opti-Core technology now provides additional padding to help absorb the ball on impact. Overall, the European Leather creates a supple feel with an extremely durable finish. Each glove will utilize hand-sewn welting for an extremely strong construction and will be marked with a serial number to signify both the maker and date of creation. Coupling all of these luxuries with the gold trimmed patch, wrist strap, and stitching and you have yourselves one of the best new models in the game.
Rawlings Heart of the Hide gloves are well-known around the world because of the high-quality leather and long lasting durability. This new steerhide model will be laced together by the Tennessee Tanning Company’s rawhide to further help retain the overall shape of this glove. The new Heart of the Hide gloves will come 30% factory broken-in so the time required to break-in this glove will be substantially less than other available elite models. These designs are modeled after the game-day patterns of some of the top Rawlings Advisory Staff players, including big names like Bryce Harper, Yadier Molina, and Kyle Seager.
Rawlings baseball gloves allow anyone to play like the pros. This so happens to be the lone MLB player model glove on this list. This Rawlings Pro Preferred Baseball Glove (PROSKB17) features a unique 12 1/4-inch size, a pro-H-web, and it is the game day model of MLB stand out Kris Bryant. Due to the abnormal size and web, this model may be used by both third basemen and outfielders. The Deertouch finger back linings optimize the overall fit and create an extremely comfortable model. A 100% water resistant wool padding also assists with the formation of the pocket and helps the glove hold its shape over a longer period of time. Lastly, the full-grain kip leather will continue to break-in over the lifespan to develop a player-specific pocket for the best overall performance.
Like all of the Mizuno gloves, the MVP Prime SE series will come with a feel intended to be used by passionate players of all ages ready to make any play in the field. This is the most cost-friendly model on the list so far, but don't make the mistake of thinking this series isn’t elite in its’ own right. These Mizuno Prime Special Edition baseball gloves combine their new color-popping designs with cutting-edge leather construction technology. The new Bio-Soft leather provides a smooth, pro-grade leather that will maintain their shape and require a next-to-no break-in period. The exterior is nice, but inside the glove is where it truly stands out. The Steer Soft palm liner provides a very comfortable fit with a smooth, soft feel.
This is the first, and lone youth option on our list. The new Mizuno Prospect Youth Baseball Gloves are well known for their high quality at a relatively inexpensive cost. Mizuno has created a very strong, durable glove for young players looking to turn their passion into a reality. Utilizing a full grain PigSkin leather shell with a ButterSoft palm liner, these youth baseball gloves will provide you with great durability and an amazing over feel. Back with the innovative PowerClose technology, the Mizuno Prospect models will have position-specific break points so that a younger, smaller player will not have any issues making their next play.
Nokona's highest-performing, ready-for-play, position-specific series is back - the X2 Elite. This series to for the game’s most serious and passionate players. The X2 Elite baseball gloves are handmade right here in the USA to ensure the highest quality for each product sold. Top-grain Stampede Steer Hide and Kangaroo Leather are harnessed in the construction to create, pound-for-pound, the toughest glove on the market. Another alluring factor with the X2 gloves is that they are game-ready from day one, which is a rarity from such a long-lasting model.
The new releases in the Nokona Walnut series will offer excellent options for both catchers and first basemen. This elite option all begins with the Walnut Crunch leather, which has become a staple in Nokona’s repertoire. Each one of these gloves will be handcrafted and specifically designed for adult/elite players. Index finger pads have been implemented to provide additional protection upon impact. Lastly, the game-ready feel coupled with the true leather qualities create one of the most traditional, yet unique glove lines currently offered.
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