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Putting away the mitt

Sunday, January 8th, 2012


Jorge Posada is set to step away from baseball after a long and illustrious career as the catcher on some of the great Yankee championship teams.

He could surely find a home with another team for next season, as a DH if nothing else. But the catcher who has spent so many years behind the plate for the Yankees is calling it quits as a Yankee. There’s a certain poetic beauty to that.

Here’s wishing Posada the best as he hangs up the catcher’s mitt.

Do you believe in miracles?

Thursday, January 5th, 2012


Check out this feel-good story about a Major League Baseball umpire who is dedicated to The Miracle League, an organization that is enriching the lives of kids with disabilities through the game of baseball.

It’s great to see good works in action. We think The Miracle League is on to something. What do you think?

Eye on the ball (part two)

Monday, September 20th, 2010

While we’re on the topic of spectator safety, it brings to mind one of the core tenets of spectator sports: keep your eye on the ball (or the bat or puck or…).

Across all sports, safety in the stadium is no laughing matter, as spectators can be seriously injured.

The best way to prevent these injuries? Pay attention to what’s going on. It’s why you’re there in the first place, isn’t it?

Fits Like a Glove

Monday, July 19th, 2010

patentBack in the 1880’s, a forward-thinking owner of a sporting goods store in St. Louis took note of a handful of baseball players who were starting to use fielding gloves and thought he could make a better glove.

In his application to the U.S. Patent Office, this enterprising businessman designed a glove that used padding for the “prevention of the bruising of the hands when catching the ball.”

Though it doesn’t much resemble the gloves we use today, it’s fascinating to see the mind of George Rawlings at work.

Out with the Old…

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

There’s a colorful and informative article by David Waldstein of The New York Times on a well-worn Rawlings catcher’s mitt that’s ready for retirement. Only problem is, the new mitt (also a Rawlings) isn’t quite broken in yet.

I knew catchers used a special mitt for pitchers who throw knuckleballs, but I didn’t know the pitcher generally supplies it. Did you know that?

The special mitt has a big surface area, larger than that of a normal catcher’s mitt, and it’s a lot lighter and more flexible. So light and flexible, in fact, that durability can be a problem, so it’s good to have its successor waiting in the wings.

Want Deeper Pockets?

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Breaking in a new glove, we’re always trying to form a deep pocket.

Here’s an interesting take on getting a deeper pocket in your glove. It’s all technique: shift your fingers over one spot in the glove, et voila!

Feels a little strange, but heck, it’s worth a try!

Vintage Baseball

Monday, May 24th, 2010

vintage baseball

When the Brooklyn Atlantics faced the New York Mutuals earlier this month in Islip, they played by the rules of 1864.

The most obvious difference between 1864 and the modern era? No gloves and hand-made balls. Home plate was round!

Any reachable ball was in the strike zone. Foul balls weren’t strikes. Catching the ball on one hop? That’s an out!!

While some of these rules may seem arcane, it’s pretty easy to see the appeal of Vintage Baseball. Some leagues play by the  The Atlantics and Mutuals are among the approximately 250 teams competing in Vintage Baseball Leagues across the country.

Different teams and leagues play by different rules. Some use the early style of gloves, some use none at all. Check out the VBBA for information about teams playing in your area.

Learn more about the early days of baseball here. And be grateful for your glove!

It’s All About the Glove

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Buffalo News ArticleDefense wins championships. It’s undeniable. As baseball has emerged from an extended rip-roaring, high flying offensive bender when balls, player and even newly-built parks were juiced for distance, the pendulum is swinging back the other way, as teams are again focussing on defense.

It all starts with the glove. Check out this excellent piece by Jerry Sullivan from The Buffalo News – it’s an ode to the glove and an insightful look into defensive trends in MLB. Well worth a read.

Do You Still Bring a Baseball Glove to the Game?

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

I thought my friends and I were the only ones having this debate. But a Marlin fan asks a question I’ve been wondering about: how old is too old to bring your glove to the game?

As a kid, I brought my glove to every game. It may not have been the smartest way to care for my glove. I risked the perils of soft serve ice cream. I definitely spilled soda on it once or twice. And there may still be some cotton candy lodged inside. But who could fault me? But I was a kid. And kids bring their gloves to the game.

baseball glove at game

Flickr photo by Rho

When I got older, I always kept my glove in the car. So when I drove to a game, I was often tempted to bring it in to the game. But slowly, I stopped bringing it in. I didn’t really think about it. I just sort of stopped. So I never figured out the right cutoff age, if there is one. What do you think? Do you still bring your glove in to the stands when you watch your favorite team? How old is too old?

Who’s Using the Microwave?

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Ever wonder how your favorite pros break in their new baseball gloves? Rawling’s baseball gloves posted a solid new video, available here on the Twins page on Fandome. From catcher’s mitts to outfielders gloves, MLB professionals have a lot of different takes on the best way to break in a glove. With active players like Curtis Granderson, Chase Utley, Torii Hunter, and Grady Sizemore, can you guess which player uses a microwave to get his glove game-ready?

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