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No oil on new baseball gloves? Why and what should we do?
We have had a bunch of inquires from people asking about Coach Scott’s reasons for not using oil on new baseball gloves. Below is a recap of his comments made earlier this year.
Coach Scott: The reason I do not like oil to break in baseball gloves is simple. In my opinion oil takes life out of the glove. Most baseball gloves come preconditioned, now it is up to the user of the glove to break it in the old fashion way, by using it. Oil can make the leather to soft which allows the leather to stretch more than it should. This can lead to ripping of the leather. Oil also, adds weight to the glove and can make it heavy. To make a baseball glove last a long time, make sure the laces stay tight. Do not throw the glove in your bat bag when you are done using it. It will only get smashed and bent out of shape. Carry the baseball glove in your hand. When you get home put it up for safe keeping by placing the palm of the glove down (Do not leave your glove in the trunk of a car). As a baseball mitt starts to age they seem to dry out. Now is the time for oil. Use a very light amount. If you you think you have the perfect amount you most likely have to much. Use very thin layers. P.S. when buying a glove, the stiffer the leather, the better the leather.
So what Coach Scott is saying is to use your baseball glove to properly break-it in. As the glove ages and dry’s, then use oil and use it very sparingly. I’ve seen coaches catchers mitt and it is almost 20 years old. They are as good as new.
RAWLINGS PRO PREFERRED CATCHERS MITT/GLOVE
I was a catcher for almost 19 years and now I’m working on my 11th year of teaching the game of baseball to kids of all ages. Over the course of time I have had my hand in many catchers mitts. The Rawlings Pro Preferred Catchers Mitt/Glove is by far the nicest mitt I have had a chance to use and the easiest product review to write about. The light weight design and shape of this mitt gives a catcher maximum hand control for receiving the ball.The depth of the pocket has also been well thought out, not to shallow and not to deep. Therefore, the Rawlings Pro Preferred Catchers Mitt/Glove helps speed up exchange time from mitt to hand and minimizes catchers pop time from home to second.
When you buy a glove of any kind, Continue reading Rawlings Pro Preferred Catchers Mitt/Glove
ATEC POWER STREAK BASEBALL/SOFTBALL PITCHING MACHINE
Why take your kid to the local coin operated batting cages anymore. You pay $2.00-$3.00 a turn to get 10-15 pitches, which only half of them can be hit. The average person takes 4-6 rounds each visit to the batting cages. That is almost $20.00 a visit, this adds up over the course of a season. If you take your kid to the cages twice a week during a ten week season you are spending close to $400.00 for them to get the amount of swings needed to prepare for their games. With the ATEC Power Streak Baseball/Softball Pitching Machine you can provide your kid with as many swings as he/she wants to take for less than the cost of one season worth of time at the local batting cages and this machine will last you for many season’s. This machine can be used in your back yard, driveway, side street, baseball/softball field, or the cage at your local ball park. With the use of Tuffy SFT Supersoft pitching machine balls you do not have to worry about causing damage to personal property or individuals.
The ATEC Power Streak Baseball/Softball Pitching Machine is very mobile. It take 3-5 minutes to set up or disassemble. Everything needed to get the machine operating fits into a large duffel bag that will fit easily into the trunk of a car. The mobility of this machine comes in handy. We can work with our own kids at home and then when it come practice time the other kids can benefit form the pitching machine also.
When you think of the ATEC Power Streak Baseball/Softball Pitching Machine don’t just think of hitting. This machine is so versatile you can use it for fly ball drill, ground ball drill, catcher pop up drills, catcher blocking drill, first base short hop drills, etc…
Performance is always important when you are looking at a new product and ATEC had that in mind when they developed the Power Streak Pitching Machine.
Max. speed 60 mph
Max. speed 55mph
I do not know of another pitching machine on the market that can perform to the level of the ATEC Power Streak Baseball/Softball Pitching Machine. Mobility and versatility are key. Out of trunk and hitting in five minutes. Other machines cost a lot more and do a lot less.
The ATEC Power Streak Baseball/Softball Pitching Machine get A big thumbs up product review from me (Coach Scott).