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Things To Consider When Buying Baseball Equipment

Posted by in Shopping: Sports & Recreation  ~  April 24, 2012 02:10:07 PM

Many people think that baseball equipment is pretty straightforward. The truth is, buying baseball equipment can be confusing and even a little overwhelming if you do not know what you are doing. There are actually a number of factors that you must consider, and a series of questions you should ask to make certain you buy the right thing. Here are some tips for buying baseball equipment that you may not have considered.

One of the most common baseball equipment purchases is a ball glove. While this seems fairly straightforward, it really is not. First, you need to know what position is going to be played. There are special gloves for first basemen and catchers, and outfielders often like to get a larger glove to give themselves more room for error. Infielders like smaller gloves so that they can get the ball out quicker to make throws to the bases. Another thing to consider is the age of the person using the glove. Buying a glove that is too big or small can render a purchase completely useless.

Age is also a major factor in buying a baseball bat. They come in varying lengths and weights, and you must pick out a bat that will fit the player. Buying a baseball bat should be something that you do with the person present, or at least after measuring the proper weight and length specifics. Also, one must be careful not to accidentally buy a softball bat in place of a baseball bat. The bats are regulated and the wrong type will not be allowed in most baseball leagues.

Baseball cleats are another catch point for people. Some leagues use “spikes” or metal cleats. These are not used except in rare circumstances, and the majority of leagues will require that you wear the regular cleats instead. Do not buy metal cleats unless they are specifically asked for. Also, find out whether the player needs high top cleats or regular. It can make a huge difference on the field.

Batting gloves are another specialized part of the baseball equipment world. What used to be a fairly basic purchase is now specific to the position. Outfielders, catchers and infielders all wear different types of batting gloves due to the velocity of the ball when fielding. Players wear these batting gloves under their fielding gloves to help to pad their hands against the sting. A catcher likes a very thick batting glove, as do outfielders. Infielders and pitchers like a thin glove, or sometimes no glove at all under their regular gloves. Also, some like to wear two gloves while others wear only one. All of this is important to consider.

Buying baseball equipment is not hard if you know the right questions to ask. Always hold on to your receipt, however, if the equipment is a gift. Most sporting goods stores are good about accepting returns or exchanges in case you pick out the wrong thing. Ask some questions and do not be afraid to shop around.