Nokona recently released their highly anticipated Nokona Bloodline Gloves. They use a “proprietary Prime Leather” to construct a well crafted hand made baseball glove. They have a deep rustic blood color, that really stands out when lined up against competitors. Personally, I have been very excited about the release of this line of gloves. The Nokona Bloodline did not let me down. Nokona claims that “this will be the best fit you will ever have in a glove,” and I couldn’t agree more. I have played baseball for twenty years, and I haven’t had a glove that felt more comfortable on my hand. You can feel the attention to detail that is put into these American made gloves. Nokona has created a line that has mixed style, comfort, and durability that would be a perfect Christmas gift for anyone that is passionate about baseball.
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While supplies last you can get a free pair of Rawlings batting gloves when you purchase any Rawlings product over $50 at Baseball Rampage. The offer is for a free pair of Rawlings BGP355 batting gloves. These batting gloves are very high quality and retail for $15! If you need any baseball gear, check out this deal at BaseballRampage.com.
This offer will run until 12/31/08 or while supplies last.
Baseball Glove Buying Guide
When it comes to choosing baseball gloves it is important to understand the differences that make a certain glove appropriate for a certain position. There are many options, but with a bit of guidance, you can get the perfect baseball glove for your needs.
If you play catcher your choice of mitt is a bit simpler. You need a catcher’s mitt!
Like catcher’s, first basemen use a special mitt that helps them scoop balls out of the dirt, and also lessons the impact of the ball on the hand since they catch so many throws.
When playing at a higher level, the middle infielders will be using a glove with a length of 10″ – 11 1/2″. The shorter the glove is the less likely the fielder will fumble the ball in the webbing. When using a short glove, the ball pops out of the glove, which is important to the middle infielders for double plays and smooth transfers of the ball to first.
A third baseman will use a glove that is slightly longer, being anywhere from 11 1/4″ – 11 3/4″. A third baseman uses a slightly larger glove because third base is closest to the batter and is known for having hard hit ground balls and line drives. The extra length is there to snag line drives and hard grounders.
A pitcher will want to use a closed web glove that is anywhere from 11 1/2″ – 12″ that is one solid color. The closed web will conceal the pitchers grip on the baseball to hide which pitch is being thrown, and the single color is a rule in baseball.
When it comes to the outfield the more length the better. The more material that can stretch the reach of a fielder tracking down a fly ball is a plus. When choosing a pocket for a glove,it comes down to a matter of preference. Most outfielders use a “trap-eze” style, an “I-Bar”, or “T-Bar”.These web styles allow the player to shield the sun on sunny days to catch fly balls.
Youth Baseball Gloves
When buying a glove for a younger player, the most important factor is comfort. You want the player to be comfortable. Most gloves from 11 1/4″ – 11 3/4″ are perfect for youth players. Follow the same rules above in regards to the web style.
Everyone would love to have a $400 glove, but the reality is that we all can’t afford them. I bought a Rawlings Gold Glove series Trapeze Outfield glove this year, and it really is a steal.
This glove broke in very easily. I worked it in for a few weeks with some glove oil and a baseball, and it was just about ready to go. After a few games it felt like my favorite old mitt. The leather is not the finest, but it is still high quality. It feels like glove that costs twice as much. I am extremely happy with this glove and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality glove at an affordable price. You can get this one or others in the line at Baseball Rampage for only $89.99. Check out the Rawlings GG601B.
Taking care of your glove is important at all levels and there are some important facts to know when it comes to taking care of your glove and making it last. Leather is similar to your own skin, so treat it like you would your own. There are all kinds of crazy ways you’ll hear about how to break in your glove. Don’t put a baseball glove in the oven, and don’t run over it with your car.
The first step is to soften your leather, any number of oils, creams, and foams will do the job. Most pros prefer Neatsfoot oil, but no matter what you use don’t over do it. Nokona Leather Treatment is an outstanding leather conditioner that will protect and help break in your glove.
The next step is to form the pocket. The key to this is stick a ball in there, wrap it up, and let it sit for a couple of days. Patience and dedication is important when it comes to a new glove, so get out there play some catch, take some grounders and slowly work your glove in and make it your own for years to come.
Oh yeah, and don’t be the kid to leave it in your dugout after the game!