How to Find the Best Baseball Glove

How to Find the Best Baseball Glove

The right baseball glove can make all the difference but choosing the right glove for you can be a daunting task. To help simplify things, we created a guide that takes you through the steps to find the perfect glove for your position and needs.

First off, you need to know the basic anatomy of a baseball glove. There are five main parts that make up a traditional glove, starting with the webbing. The web of a glove sits between your thumb and pointer finger, creating a deep pocket to help secure the ball on catch. Next is the lacing that connects the finger pockets together. Check the material of the laces and make sure it matches up with the overall material of your glove, so both will break-in and form to your hand during the same timeframe. The hinge of a glove is also very important when breaking in your new glove. The hinge is usually found near the base of you little finger pad and is the flexible part that helps you open and close the glove quickly. Located next to the hinge is the heel of the glove. The heel is the very bottom portion of the glove that provides padding to protect your wrist when fielding nasty grounders. Lastly, you have the palm of the glove, which, you guessed it, protects the palm of you hand when securing a ball that you couldn’t quite snag in the webbing of your pocket.

Another confusing aspect of buying a baseball glove is what materials you want your glove to be made from. Baseball gloves come in a variety of different leathers that all sound similar but provide different benefits. For example, most gloves are made from some sort of leather, but depending on the type and cut, gloves will take more or less time to break-in and reach peak performance. The baseline material for gloves is cowhide. Cowhide is great for younger players who are just starting out, because it offers a quicker break-in, but also wears out faster than higher-quality leather gloves. A step above cowhide leather is steerhide. Steerhide is a bit stronger, stiffer, and heavier than cowhide, offering a tougher break-in, but better performance once broken in. Finally, most professional glove models use premium, full-grain leather. This type of leather will be more expensive and will take the longest to break-in but it provides extreme durability and its trusted at the highest level of the game.

After you select your glove material, you should take a look at the webbing options your glove has to offer. A glove’s web is very beneficial based on your position and style of play. Below we’ve outlined the different types of webs available and the advantages to using each.

Fielders

Cross: The cross web is simple, yet effective. Utilized by infielders and outfielders alike, this web features one vertical leather strip and two horizontal strips, creating a flexible feel. Also known as the Single Post web, it creates maximum visibility when catching the ball.

H-Web: True to it’s name, the strips of leather in this web form the shape of an “H”. The H-Web is used by outfielders and infielders alike because of the sturdier base and unmatched visibility. Some brands also refer to this style as a Dual Post Web.

I-Web: As an iteration of the cross web, the I-webbing features a large leather post in the shape of an “I”. This pattern is used exclusively by infielders and helps snag grounders without catching a bunch of dirt and debris with the ball. Some brands also refer to this webbing style as an H-Web, but is predominately called an I-Web. 

Modified Trap: The modified trap web is usually used by pitchers and infielders because of its deep pocket combined with a small section of leather to add stability for ground balls.

Trapeze: This webbing is great for outfielders who spend a lot of time catching fly balls. The thin leather strap features interlaced lacing on both sides, allowing for a deeper pocket.

Two-piece: The two-piece web is a great option for pitchers because it allows them to conceal the ball from the batter. The solid pocket creates a heavier feel but its extremely durable, preventing wear and tear.

Catchers

Half Moon: The half moon catcher’s web is designed for flexibility. The pattern uses two large leather pieces that are laced together to create a secure pocket and easier close.

One-piece: The traditional one-piece catcher’s web uses lacing around the edges to create a tight pocket that’s shallow enough for a quick transfer and release of the ball.

First Basemen

Modified H-Web: The modified H-Web is made for first basemen because of its extra leather strip on the top of the glove that helps expands catch radius for easier scoops and fielding at first base.

Single Post Double Bar: Much like the infielders’ cross pattern, the single post double bar pattern creates more visibility for catching throws at first base.

Now that you’ve done your research and are ready to find the perfect mitt, check out our selection of top-tier baseball gloves at eastbay.com!

Best Gifts for Fastpitch Players

Best Gifts for Fastpitch Players

Give the gift of greatness this holiday season! Browse through our Best Gifts for Fastpitch Players guide below to find all of our latest and greatest equipment and apparel.

Nike Softball Therma Hoodie

Stay warm in the dugout or on the practice field with the Nike Softball Therma Hoodie. Nike Therma fabrics helps manage your body’s natural heat to keep your performance high when temperatures are low.

Nike Zoom Hyperdiamond 3 Elite

Reach hyperspeed in the Nike Zoom Hyperdiamond 3 Elite. Built for a lightweight feel and tailored for comfort, this cleat provides responsive cushioning that helps you be quick off the plate and down the base path.

New Balance FuseV2 Turf

The New Balance FuseV2 is the perfect indoor fastpitch trainer. It’s unique lightweight upper features perforations to help with air flow, while the full-length REVlite midsole sits above a grippy outsole to help you play your best.

DeMarini 2019 D-Lab Prism Bat

Designed and perfected in DeMarini’s D-Lab, this bat is engineered to give hitters the ultimate combination of consistency and feel. With a continuous fiber barrel, divergence gapped barrel technology, and a 3Fusion handle system – this bat maximizes every swing whether you’re a free-swinger or a slapper.

Rawlings Liberty Advanced Color Sync 2.0 Glove

The Rawlings Liberty Advanced Color Sync 2.0 glove is the perfect way to upgrade your game, giving you a diamond-ready feel and a double-laced basket web that provides a deep pocket.

Nike Dri-Fit Raspberry Club Short-Sleeve Crew

Showcase your toughness with the stylish and comfortable Nike Dri-Fit Raspberry Club Short-Sleeve Crew. The Dri-Fit technology helps you stay dry and the “Raspberry Club” graphics represent the sacrifices you’re willing to make for the game. (Coming soon)

Shopping for other sports or styles? Check out our full list of gift guides here.

Best Gifts for Baseball Players

Best Gifts for Baseball Players

Load up your shopping cart with gifts that help you load the bases this spring. Browse through our Best Gifts for Baseball Players guide below to find this holiday’s home run present.

Under Armour Harper 4 Low

Under Armour Harper 4 Low

A signature cleat from the league’s signature slugger. The Under Armour Harper 4 Low utilizes a unique 3-3-4 hybrid cleat plate, featuring metal spikes up front for speed, power, and traction and molded back cleats for lightweight comfort. Eastbay also carries Harper 4 colorways that you can’t get anywhere else, so make sure to browse the full collection.

New Balance 4040v5 Metal Low

The New Balance 4040v5 Metal Low is a data-driven cleat for the game’s dynamic players. Equipped with finely tuned Kinetic Stitch, this cleat provides stability in high-stress zones without sacrificing flexibility.

Franklin CFX Pro Batting Gloves

Franklin CFX Pro Batting Gloves

Feel the power in your hands. The Franklin CFX Pro Batting Gloves are a favorite for many professional players thanks to their unmatched grip and flexible material.

Demarini CF Zen BBCOR Baseball Bat

Demarini CF Zen BBCOR Baseball Bat

Swing for the fences with the Demarini CF Zen BBCOR Baseball Bat. Developed to deliver a massive sweet spot and maximum barrel control, this bat features the most consistently high-performing barrel in the game.

New Balance Asymmetrical 2.0 Right 3/4 -Sleeve Baseball Top

Designed specifically for right-handed players, the New Balance Asymmetrical 2.0 Right 3/4-Sleeve Baseball Top features an extended underarm hem to help reduce distractions as you throw.

Easton Mako 2 Piped Baseball Pants

Easton Mako 2 Piped Baseball Pants

Slide into success with Easton’s Mako 2 Piped Baseball Pants. Featuring Scotchgard stain release to reduce stains and wick moisture, these are the perfect baseball pants to get dirty in.

Nike Force Zoom Trout 6 Turf

Nike Force Zoom Trout 6 Turf

Built for the five-tool player, the Nike Force Zoom Trout 6 Turf trainer utilizes an all-new midfoot strap to keep your foot securely in place while providing optimal comfort.

Nike Huarache Elite Batting Gloves

Nike Huarache Elite Batting Gloves

Grip it and rip it. The Nike Huarache Elite Batting Gloves were designed for minimizing distractions while maximizing feel and comfort.

Rawlings Heart of the Hide Fielder’s Glove

Rawlings Heart of the Hide Fielder's Glove

The Rawlings Heart of the Hide Fielder’s Glove is made with premium leather for a quick break-in process and fielding-specific performance. This glove also features 100% wool padding that aids in pocket formation and shape retention.

Nike Baseball Hoodie

Nike Baseball Hoodie

From the dugout to the gym, the Nike Baseball Hoodie combines breathable mesh and a standard fit for a relaxed, comfortable feel.

Shopping for other sports or styles? Check out our full list of gift guides here.

Your Go-To Baseball Gear Guide

Your Go-To Baseball Gear Guide

2018 Baseball Gear Guide Featured

Jump to: Cleats | Fielder’s Gloves | Bats | Batting Gloves | Accessories | Pants And Sliders

The offseason is rounding third and we’re all feeling ready to hit the diamond. While you’re finishing up a winter of indoor training, start learning about all the latest products and building your gear rack for the new season.

Cleats

Built For Speed

adidas Afterburner 4.0

adidas adiZero Afterburner 4: All hail the speed king of the diamond. This cleat is designed for one purpose: to get you to the next base as fast as possible. Weighing in at just 9.4 oz, it won’t matter if you’re charging for a stand-up double or chasing down a ball in the gap, the Afterburner will get you there. Fast. Available in stunning colorways like the Gold Pack and Dipped Pack, you’ll definitely stand out in the adiZero Afterburner 4 — that is, if they even see you coming.

New Balance 4040v4

New Balance 4040v4: If you play baseball, you’ve heard of these popular cleats from New Balance. From the spikes to the tongue, the 4040v4 is one of the most thoughtfully designed shoes in the game. For performance at speeds, these cleats feature a supportive yet lightweight outsole plate. This plate flexes at key bend points so you get maximum dig from metal spikes. A convenient lace cage adds the finishing touch to a streamlined upper by keeping the laces secured and out of the way.

 

Built For Comfort

Nike Huarache Cleats

Nike Alpha Huarache Elite: We’ll start this list with a legend. From top to bottom, this cleat is built for the much-needed comfort of a long season. The internal bootie and ankle locking system hug the foot with a supportive fit, and a full-length Air Max unit in the midsole creates the perfect buffer between your foot and the spikes. Choose the Alpha Huarache Elite in one of its sleek new colorways and link up your look with the Huarache Elite Gloves.

New Balance COMPv1

New Balance CompV1: Ready to embrace change? The New Balance CompV1 is the most innovative baseball cleat system this season and it’s here to take the field by force. The key, new feature is the spike – each one is a glass-fiber tack surrounded by TPU. The hardness of the glass-fiber allows this cleat to punch through dirt with the effectiveness of metal while the TPU delivers the comfort of a molded system. This makes the CompV1 the perfect choice for players who live in their cleats day in and day out, on any surface and in all conditions. Read all about this impressive new cleat in our featured blog here.

adida Energy Boost

adidas Boost Icon 3: It’s right in the name – these innovative cleats house the power of boost from heel to toe. This responsive cushioning system is the perfect solution to cleat pressure felt from metal spikes. But the tech goes beyond the boost. The Icon 3’s sock-like upper hugs your foot for a natural fit while the spike layout gives you perfect traction. Plus, the classy look makes your diamond presence gold-status.

 

Fielder’s Gloves

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The Best Fastpitch Bats Of 2018

The Best Fastpitch Bats Of 2018

When looking at bats for your upcoming fastpitch season you may run into a lot of questions. Do i need a bat that matches my hitting style? What size bat do I need? What does a connector piece do? These questions are all important in your decision making process.

This is why we are here to help guide you in the right direction. We will first explain some important features for you in these bats, and then break down all of our 2018 bats from the top brands.

 

Which Bat Is Right For You?

  • One-Piece vs. Two-Piece Bats: Just like it sounds, the standard one-piece bat is one solid piece of metal all the way through, whereas a two-piece bat is actually two separate materials held together by a connector piece. This means you’ll get stiffer swings out of one-piece bats which lead to consistency and reliability. But if you want more flex and less vibration, the two-piece with a connector is a better option for you.
  • End-Loaded vs. Balanced vs. Slapper: Your bat’s weight distribution plays a huge factor in the kind of game you play. If your bat is balanced, its weight will be evenly distributed and you will get quicker bat speed and more contact. On the flip-side, end-loaded bats are slower, but provide more power thanks to the added weight at the end of the barrel. Lastly, slapper bats have a longer barrel for more plate coverage, but are weighted more in the handle area to give you maximum control.
  • Drop (length to weight ratio): A bat’s drop weight is the difference between the length and weight of the bat. So a bat that is 30 inches and 20 ounces has a drop weight of -10. The bigger the drop weight, the lighter the bat will be.

Let’s not forget that there are a number on popular brands in the fastpitch game, each with their own unique features. Not only do we carry all of these top brands, but we’re also breaking down what each bat can offer you.

 

DeMarini

CFX

CFX Fastpitch Blog 1

From knob to cap this leader of the DeMarini line boasts a 3Fusion Technology system that allows for a balanced swing without sacrificing power.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Paraflex composite barrel that allows for precise weight distribution and plenty of pop.
  • 3Fusion handle and end cap that helps optimize feel.
  • Balanced weight distribution.
  • Available drops: -8, -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $349.99

CFX Slapper

CFX Fastpitch Blog 1

Perfect for the speedy left-handed slap hitter, the CFX Slapper offers a 14″ barrel that provides maximum plate coverage and is weighted more to the hands to provide optimal barrel control.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced weight distribution.
  • 3Fusion handle and end cap that helps optimize feel.
  • Paraflex composite barrel that allows for precise weight distribution while slapping.
  • Available drops: -10.

Retail: $349.99

CFX Insane

CFX 1 Fastpitch Blog

Want some extra pop in your swing to help you get a few more home runs? The CFX Insane is the perfect bat for any power hitter, thanks to an end-loaded barrel that provides more torque behind every hit.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • End-loaded weight distribution.
  • 3Fusion handle and end cap that helps optimize feel.
  • Paraflex composite barrel that allows for precise weight distribution at the end of the bat.
  • Available drops: -10.

Retail: $349.99

Vendetta

Vendetta Fastpitch Blog

Looking for a bat with a large and forgiving sweet spot? The Vendetta has been a mainstay in the DeMarini line, and an ideal bat for any contact hitter looking for a balanced bat with plenty of pop.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced weight distribution.
  • Paradox Composite Barrel, designed to perform softer, and more responsive.
  • Big D end cap that absorbs vibration.
  • D-Lite handle handle gives your hands a smooth feel on the bat.
  • Available drops: -12.

Retail: $199.99

 

Louisville Slugger

PXT X18

PXT Fastpitch Blog

Get maximum performance and coverage at the plate this season with the PXT X18 from Louisville Slugger, a bat with PWR STAX barrel technology that spreads weight evenly throughout the barrel to give you a more comfortable swing.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • PWR STAX barrel evenly distributes the load across the entire barrel on contact.
  • TRU3 connector piece that reduces vibration and provides a great contact feel.
  • Ultra-light weight X-CAP design improves swing speed.
  • Available drops: -8, -9, -10.

Retail: $399.99

LXT X18

LXT Fastpitch Blog

This two-piece bat offers one of the most balanced swing weights in the game and an extra-large sweet spot thanks to PBF barrel technology. This high-end bat is sure to help you swing quicker and get more pop with every plate appearance.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • PBF barrel technology provides one of the larger fastpitch sweet spots.
  • TRU3 connector piece that reduces vibration and provides a great contact feel.
  • Ultra-light weight X-CAP design improves swing speed.
  • Available drops: -8, -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $349.99

Xeno X18

Xeno Fastpitch Blog

A two-piece bat with a stiff feel on contact, the Xeno X18 gives you the pop off of the bat that you need to hit gaps this season. This bat also offers a lightweight cap to help improve swing speed.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • S1ID barrel technology provides you maximum pop every swing.
  • Ultra-light weight X-Cap design improves your swing speed.
  • IST Xstiff Technology, a two-piece construction with a stiffer feel for better energy transfer.
  • Available drops: -8,  -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $299.99

 

Easton

Ghost

Ghost Fastpitch Blog

The Ghost offers double-barrel construction, a technology that gives you a great combination of feel, pop, and sound whenever you connect with the ball.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Double Barrel composite construction gives you great feel, pop, and sound.
  • Two Piece Connexion+ technology connector piece.
  • XTX Extra tough resin matrix technology provides durability and flexibility to the outer barrel.
  • Available drops: -9, -10.

Retail: $349.99

Stealth Flex

Stealth Fastpitch Blog

If you are looking for a more soft and flexible barrel, then the Stealth Flex is a great option for you. This two-piece composite bat also offers a massive sweet spot to ensure solid contact.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Flex Flexible Barrel Compression for a softer barrel.
  • TCT Thermo Composite Technology for a larger sweet spot.
  • CXN ZERO two piece ConneXion connector engineered for zero vibration.
  • Available drops: -10, -11.

Retail: $299.99

 

Rawlings

Velo

Velo Fastpitch Blog

The Velo is designed for the top-of-the-lineup singles and doubles hitter, or someone who is focused more on contact than hitting home runs. This balanced bat with a stiff handle is dedicated to helping you improve your swing speed every game.

  • Two-piece alloy.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Comp Lite end cap for superior swing speed.
  • Stiff handle with flexible barrel.
  • Made from ultra-light carbon fiber.
  • Available drops: -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $249.99

Quatro

Quatro Fastpitch Blog

Are you a power hitter looking for some extra pop in your bat? The Quatro is a perfect power bat as it offers you plenty of flex, balance, and bounce off of the barrel.

  • Two-piece composite with connector.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Vibration dampening technology.
  • Flex handle/barrel connection to accelerate swing speed.
  • High performance composite barrel.
  • Available drops: -9, -10.

Retail: $299.99

 

Marucci

Cat FX Connect

CATFX Fastpitch Blog

Smooth, balanced, strong, and stiff, the Cat FX Connect from Marucci is all of that and more. This bat has a large sweet spot for maximum pop and cuts out vibration with its SDX connection piece.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • Extra large barrel with large sweet spot.
  • Ring free barrel with no dead spots.
  • Custom micro-perforated soft touch grip.
  • Available drops: -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $349.99

 

Mizuno

Nighthawk

Nighthawk Fastpitch Blog

A large sweet spot, a connector that minimizes vibration, and a stiff handle that reduces energy loss. The Mizuno Nighthawk is an all-around versatile bat that fits any contact hitter.

  • Two-piece composite.
  • Balanced swing weight.
  • XZone creates a large sweet spot by adjusting composite angles in ten zones across the barrel.
  • Stiff carbon handle reduces energy loss when connecting with the ball.
  • 2-Piece LINK reduces vibrations to the hands.
  • Available drops: -9, -10, -11.

Retail: $299.99