Let us start by asking another question: What's in a name?
When it comes to baseball gloves, apparently, a lot. According to WhatProsWear.com, most pro MLB players use Rawlings or Wilson gloves on the field. Brand awareness, historical presence, and craftsmanship all play a part in what glove manufacturers players love to use, from Little Leaguers to the pros. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to the best baseball gloves, but don’t worry, we’ve already looked into it for you. And we aren’t just picking out the most expensive gloves! We at JustBallGloves.com have reviewed 9 of the best baseball glove brands according to customer and player feedback. Whether you’re looking for a catcher’s mitt, fielders glove, or first base glove, you’re sure to find a great glove from any of these top brands.
These baseball glove companies aren't listed in any order.
When Chicago-based manufacturer Ashland Manufacturing started making gloves in 1913, their company was known for meat. By the time they changed their name to Wilson Sporting Goods in 1931, baseball gloves were the more savory dish to serve. Now, pro players from Clayton Kershaw to Jose Altuve sport Wilson's popular models. Glove Guru Shigeaki Aso is the company's Master Craftsman. Wilson is responsible for some of the top-performing gloves on the market, including the fan-favorite A2000 series. We have no doubt that Wilson will continue to be one of the best baseball glove brands for the foreseeable future.
Why Buy Wilson
Our customers love Wilson gloves. The brand offers a great overall experience from look to performance. It’s hard to find a Wilson glove that doesn’t 100% satisfy. Check out our selection of Wilson gloves to find your perfect fit.
The "Sure Catch" glove put St. Louis-based Rawlings on the map. In 1912, this one-piece glove with sewn-in finger channels didn't look the part, but it was better than the alternatives. Years later, a former Cardinals pitcher (Bill Doak) revolutionized the game by pitching Rawlings on a multi-thong web laced feature into the finger and thumb. This, essentially, created the first natural pocket. Today Rawlings Heart of the Hide leather gloves are loved by players everywhere and are one of the most used glove brands by professional players. Rawlings also presents the Gold Glove awards to MLB infielders and outfielders who exhibit exceptional performance.
Why Buy Rawlings
Rawlings is another brand beloved by many. Customers have found Rawlings gloves easy to break in and love the deep pit for a solid catch. Whether infield or outfield, Rawlings’s versatile gloves are a home-run. Take a look at the gloves that make Rawlings a household name.
Nokona sets itself apart as a fully American-made brand. Not many companies can still claim that 100% of manufacturing is done in the United States, but, since 1934 Nokona gloves have been expertly crafted in Nocona, Texas. Made with top-grain American hides provided by American ranchers, this patriotic brand utilizes quality leathers tanned to Nokona’s specifications. Each baseball glove is carefully cut, stamped, stitched, laced, and embroidered by hand. Baseball legend Nolan Ryan has said, "My first glove was a Nokona. The high quality of these gloves is what today's top players need, and they're the gloves I've chosen for my grandkids." It’s hard to deny that Nokona is one of the best baseball glove brands out there.
Why Buy Nokona
Customers can really see the difference with Nokona’s high quality yet lightweight and easy to break in leather. Our customers especially adore the junior Nokona Alpha-Select for its high quality that stays solid for seasons. See exactly what Nolan was talking about by browsing our favorite Nokona series Alpha Select gloves.
Albert Pujols. David Ortiz. Andrew McCutchen. Buster Posey. Francisco Lindor. All of these MLB players have invested their time and money to advise Marucci - based in Baton Rouge - on how to craft their gloves. Since the company's inception by two former Big Leaguers and their athletic trainer, Marucci has handcrafted bats and gloves for some of the game's best players. The results have shown that Marucci baseball gloves are quality gloves for players everywhere, from that first pee-wee game to the final championship.
Why Buy Marucci
Marucci gloves have quality leather and are overall high value. Our customers have found Marucci gloves to be game ready right out of the box. Check out Marucci’s catcher’s mitts to see exactly how they claimed their place on our top list.
Since 1996, Under Armour has been a market disruptor. Founded by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour perfected performance apparel and then moved to making the best baseball gloves. For 2018, they expanded to fielding gloves for baseball and the reviews have been raving. Pro, Deception, and Framer series catchers mitts were their initial foray into gloves, but the high quality leather construction that allows for quicker break-in has helped make the fielding gloves just as valued.
Why Buy Under Armour
Under Armour takes a stand with it’s own solid glove that will last for years. Our customers have found particular value in the Deception Series Youth Catcher’s Mitt which has plenty of padding for small hands. See what we mean about Under Armour’s glove disruption. You won’t be sorry.
Family-owned and focused on quality and detail, All-Star gloves are known more for their catcher's mitts. The company holds the patents for wraparound shins, triple knees on leg guards, lightweight wire masks, and adjustable batter's helmets. Their gloves use Japanese Maruhashi leather, which guarantees pro performance season-after-season. All-Star gloves provide outstanding structure and pop, without the worry of a long, extensive break-in period. The Pro Guard Padding (PGP) provides exceptional protection on defense against batted balls. This defensive design is just one of the many reasons All-Star gloves stand above the rest.
Why Buy All-Star
Customers can’t believe All-Star’s durability when they first feel soft, light leather but this brand delivers despite the odds. It seems like we can’t say enough about All Star’s Pro Elite Series Catcher’s Mitt, so we’ll just let the reviews speak for it. Don’t forget to take a look at All-Star’s quality offerings.
In Akadema's short but remarkable history it has become one of America's hottest baseball and softball equipment companies for professional, college, high school, and serious youth players. Akadema products are still designed with the professional player in mind but competitively priced for the professional player at heart.
Why Buy Akadema
With Akadema, you’re guaranteed a glove like no other. They work closely with an advisory staff to implement new ideas and ensure top-quality gloves. The input on performance from the advisory staff gives Akadema something they cannot put a price on. Their advisors don't talk about marketing or places to sell the gloves, they just care about performance.
Mizuno was started in Japan in 1906 by Rihachi Mizuno, the US headquarters are in Norcross, Georgia. The company has always prided itself on providing high-quality equipment for players of all ages. This shows with their fit and feel approval applied to all baseball gloves, which are built with some of the most comfortable, highest performing, and top quality ball gloves in the game.
Why to Buy Mizuno
Mizuno provides high quality and game ready gloves. Our customers love the comfort and easy to use Mizuno gloves. See what they’re on about by checking out our Mizuno stock.
Produced out of Hays, Kansas, Shoeless Joe crafts modern day ball gloves that have a "Golden Era" look to them. All Shoeless Joe gloves are handmade with 100% tobacco tanned steer hide that ensures all styles are easily broken in and game ready (in a very short period). This top baseball brand manufactures gloves with the most up-to-date technology for construction and design, and they maintain their shape and structure for longer than most baseball gloves.
Why Buy Shoeless Joe
Our customers find Shoeless Joe’s gloves comparable to the quality of Wilson and delight at the “all leather” vintage designs. The strong, high-quality leather matches the jaw-dropping looks to create an incredible product that delights players of all ages and make Shoeless Joe’s some of the best baseball gloves out there. Customers are constantly shocked at the underrated nature of Shoeless Joe gloves so we’ll just confirm: they’re pretty awesome. Check out our Shoeless Joe collection: the gloves that may just be your new favorite.
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