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  • New glove for 12 1/2 year old

    My son is 12 1/2 going into his first year of Babe Ruth ball in the fall. He needs a new glove since he poked a hole in the thumb hole of his old one. He tried some gloves out yesterday at Sports Authority and really liked the Rawlings gold glove GG12xtc. We came home and researched it and see that it is listed as an infielders glove. In little league he has played both infield and outfield as well as pitching. Would this glove not be considered a good choice for a player who will be spending time in both outfield and infield? We would like to buy him a better quality glove however it seems that they tend to become position specific as you move up in quality/price.

    Thanks in advance for any help.

  • #2
    where in the infield does he play? if he plays third base then a 11.75 or 12 could work for either. for middle infield, I wouldprobably get two gloves, one for outfield and one for infield, but I'm sure you could get away with an 11.5 or 11.75. Here are some 11.75 and 12 inch high quality gloves:

    11.75 Mizuno Classic Pro


    11.75 Rawlings Heart of the Hide


    11.75 Rawlings Heart of the Hide

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    • #3
      Thanks for the input Brian... 2nd base has been his primary infield position and where he is most comfortable in the past; however, this past spring he played a lot of 3rd also because he has a better arm than most they were playing there. Normally I would have him shy away from a 12 inch glove since most look big on his hand, but this particular rawlings did not & he felt very comfortable with it. I am just a little concerned the pocket might be a little too deep and geared towards infield for when he does play in the outfield, which is usually 2 to 3 innings per game. We would prefer not to invest in 2 gloves at this point if we can avoid it.

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      • #4
        I am an infielder who is making the conversion to the outfield too. I play middle infield and 3rd so I usually use an 11.25 or 11.5, a little small for what I want in the outfield. I've never dropped a fly ball in the outfield because of the shallower pocket of my infield glove, but I've come close. I prefer a 12.5 for the outfield and am working on getting one, but at 12 years old an all around glove shouldn't be a problem. If he's playing 2nd, 3rd, and OF, I would look at an 11.5 or 11.75, and break it in somewhere in between an infield and outfield glove. Not too shallow but not too deep.

        That Gold Glove should be good, but even better at 11.75 or 11.5. Whatever feels right.

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        • #5
          I'll probably take him to the pro shop at the batting cages so we can talk to them about the pros and cons as he tries on the gloves. If he hadn't worn a hole in his glove I'd probably wait a little longer to see where he ends up playing on the big field; we may still do that if he can deal with it a little longer. Thanks again for you help Brian...

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          • #6
            I just picked up the 11.75" Rawlings Heart-of-the-Hide glove shown in the picture above (I-web design) from Eastbay.com for about $120. They are currently selling it for $150 with free shipping (I got an additional 30% discount due to a promotion they were running).

            http://www.eastbay.com/product/model...=BSBGLVPRTPSAL

            I've had it since Friday. It actually seems larger than an 11.75", at least based on comparisons with my son's 11.5" Nokona and another Rawlings 11.75". Maybe just an illusion. Overall, the glove is fine, although I had to tighten the laces in the I-webbing to suit my own preference. The glove breaks in easily, almost too easily for my taste, but the boys on my son's 11-12YO AS team all loved how it felt a day after I received it. Pretty good glove and definitely would recommend for the price. Personally, I prefer the look and feel of my son's Nokona 11.5" Bloodline (although that one cost $265 and took about 3 months to break-in).

            Jim

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            • #7
              Originally posted by haganjp View Post
              I just picked up the 11.75" Rawlings Heart-of-the-Hide glove shown in the picture above (I-web design) from Eastbay.com for about $120. They are currently selling it for $150 with free shipping (I got an additional 30% discount due to a promotion they were running).

              http://www.eastbay.com/product/model...=BSBGLVPRTPSAL

              I've had it since Friday. It actually seems larger than an 11.75", at least based on comparisons with my son's 11.5" Nokona and another Rawlings 11.75". Maybe just an illusion. Overall, the glove is fine, although I had to tighten the laces in the I-webbing to suit my own preference. The glove breaks in easily, almost too easily for my taste, but the boys on my son's 11-12YO AS team all loved how it felt a day after I received it. Pretty good glove and definitely would recommend for the price. Personally, I prefer the look and feel of my son's Nokona 11.5" Bloodline (although that one cost $265 and took about 3 months to break-in).

              Jim
              Thanks haganjp. If it feels bigger than an 11.75" we would probably stay away from that one. The 12" Gold Glove series model my son tried felt smaller than it's listed size and doesn't hang on his hand. He has long hands but has a thin build (5' 6" but only 100lbs). We're definitely going to check it out again, hopefully someplace that has some more Rawlings GG or HOTH series gloves to try. He's been in camp all week so we haven't had the opportunity to get anyplace yet.

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              • #8
                Now break down and get him a good outfielders glove to give him a mental edge.


                drill
                Yogi Berra was asked by a reporter "How do you catch a knuckle ball?" He came right back and said "When it stops rolling"

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                • #9
                  A second glove is not in the budget and will have to wait for now... with the switch to Babe Ruth he already needs a new senior league bat as well as metal cleats. The glove was supposed to wait until winter, although the more I research them the more I see the benefit of a position specific glove.

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                  • #10
                    Position specific at age 12 or 13? Not really. 11.5-11.75 would work for any spot, esp. if he may be playing 2b, 3b and OF. The gold glove is a good choice-pretty good quality at a decent price, and put that towards cleats and bat.
                    I would suggest you check out Kelley-great gloves and great customer service. Check out their "Pro Line". My son's teammate has one-5 yrs old and at least one more still in it.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by randy View Post
                      Position specific at age 12 or 13? Not really. 11.5-11.75 would work for any spot, esp. if he may be playing 2b, 3b and OF. The gold glove is a good choice-pretty good quality at a decent price, and put that towards cleats and bat.
                      I would suggest you check out Kelley-great gloves and great customer service. Check out their "Pro Line". My son's teammate has one-5 yrs old and at least one more still in it.
                      Thanks Randy, that has been our thinking also...

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                      • #12
                        LAS, take a look at Vinci Pro also. They make very good gloves in all of their series. They stand behind their products and have the best customer service I have ever witnessed.

                        PM me if you need more information.

                        In the Vinci Winners bag:
                        Vinci PJV16 and Vinci PJV55
                        Vinci #5 and Bones

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                        • #13
                          My son got the Rawlings gold glove at the beginning of 2008 LL season. It breaks in easy but gets too floppy. Yesterday he showed me how the leather in the finger slots have torn and is falling apart. He has played alot but I think a glove should hold its form and last longer than that.

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                          • #14
                            SSK are nice gloves and have a friend that will get them to me for about $100 to $150. Definitely cheaper than the GG.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by baseballdad View Post
                              My son got the Rawlings gold glove at the beginning of 2008 LL season. It breaks in easy but gets too floppy. Yesterday he showed me how the leather in the finger slots have torn and is falling apart. He has played alot but I think a glove should hold its form and last longer than that.
                              That is interesting to hear baseballdad because it is a Rawlings glove we are replacing due to the inside of the thumb slot being all torn up...

                              Thanks everyone for your help; he ended up picking out a Louisville Slugger Omaha Pro 11.75" glove (OX1175). After trying many gloves this one just felt right to him... now he needs to break it in before fall ball starts next month.

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