New Baseball Glove - Need Help ASAP

To make a long story short, my son is a sophomore in college and he thought his infield days were far behind him until the coach told him this fall that he's penciling him in as the shortstop in the spring.  He also told him that his infield glove that he's had since 10th grade needs to be replaced.  (its a bit floppy)  I have no clue what glove to get him and he's no help.  He'll play with a walmart glove for all he cares.  His old glove was a HOH 11.5 dual core.  He's 6'4" with large hands.  I've looked at the A2k, A2000 and HOH but its too many options so I'm not sure what to get.  Any suggestions and why?  I also don't want to spend my entire Christmas budget on a glove.  Thanks

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Since you're in a hurry, I would say keep it simple. Make it 11.5". I'd look for an H-web, but people have their own preferences about that. Anything with laces in the web can catch your fingers. Go A2000, A2K, HoH, or Pro Preferred. A2000 and HoH will break in quicker than the other two.

Don't buy anything without him trying it on. Search eBay for "11.5 baseball glove" and limit the distance to a reasonable drive, then contact the seller about trying on the glove before purchase. Might get lucky with craigslist, but not likely to find an unused glove there. Dick's may also have a decent selection, but you probably will pay full retail there. He might also have a teammate who's looking to sell one. Good luck.

Nokono use a real soft leather and breaks in like no time. These  are quality but honestly I have found them be love hate types of gloves, it just depends what side of the fence you are on.

if you get a pro preferred they are stiff but Rawlings has a softening process you can use, these are really nice products

Heart of the hide is fine but I would go pro pre first

mizuno makes some real nice quality products...

Son has always used Akadema (well until he got to college).  I used to be a dealer and everyone that ever touched one loved it.  

https://akademapro.com/collect...ino-1/products/arn-5

Use Holiday50 as the checkout code

  Everything on their site is 50% off right now.  They are every bit the quality of Wilson or Rawlings.  If he is somewhere they have a Dick's Sporting Goods you can take a mitt to them and they have this fancy steam machine that does a nice job breaking in gloves.  Not the way I'd do it and it's not great for the leather but at this point it's probably the easiest way to get it softened up quickly.

Yert16.....if the mitt is in good condition, just floppy you can have it reconditioned/restrung.  I have a guy we've used several times....he is phenomenal.  You can ship it to him and get it back in a few days.  He is with a college program that's likely not that far from you.  PM me and I'll give you his contact info....don't really want to post his number here. 

I would say a 11.75 would probably be a better fit for a player who is 6'4 with large hands. One thing you didn't bring up is what kind of budget you have to spend. I would buy the A2000 $200 before the A2K $350, my SS has had both and he doesn't see that much of a difference in them for the $150 upgrade. Marucci also makes several really good gloves. And of course the 2 Rawlings mentioned are really good gloves, but can be pricey. I would definitely recommend he go to a Dicks or glove store and try some on to see what he likes. He also could ask to try out some of his teammates gloves.

Would reinforce the recommendation to try a teammate's glove. The patterns won't have changed and he can order the same brand/model. It will be the "tool of his trade", make sure it's everything that he wants and needs. Given his size and the fact that he just found out about the positional opportunity I would surmise that he may be a versatile player that could also see time at 3rd, that being said look at 11.75/12" gloves.

I'll also clarify, sizes differ from manufacturer to manufacturer, Wilson seems to run a bit smaller than Rawlings in my experience. Most SS will play with a 11.5", bigger guys 11.75". 2B go 11.25"-11.5", Pedroia went to 11.75" this year, but his glove wears smaller. 3B mostly 11.75"-12", think Kris Bryant uses 12.25". All of this is why it's best to find something that he has had his fielding hand in. Wilson A2000 and Rawlings HOH are great, durable, quality gloves for the price.

Buckeye 2015 posted:

Son has always used Akadema (well until he got to college).  I used to be a dealer and everyone that ever touched one loved it.  

https://akademapro.com/collect...ino-1/products/arn-5

Use Holiday50 as the checkout code

  Everything on their site is 50% off right now.  They are every bit the quality of Wilson or Rawlings.  If he is somewhere they have a Dick's Sporting Goods you can take a mitt to them and they have this fancy steam machine that does a nice job breaking in gloves.  Not the way I'd do it and it's not great for the leather but at this point it's probably the easiest way to get it softened up quickly.

They steam the glove, then put it on a 5 gallon bucket and beat it with this bowling pin looking thing, then you see how it feels.  If you don't like it yet, then they repeat the process.  I think it was only like $20 or $30, free if you buy the glove there.

Thanks everyone for the helpful information.  Your comments are exactly what I was looking for.  His old glove is an 11.5.   I'm looking to stay under $300. I was hoping to order something today so Santa Claus could bring it but based on your advice, when he gets home from school on Monday, we will go to Dick's and try on a few and then order online. He'll probably say the $25 faux leather glove feels best. I think I will have his old glove restrung also as a backup.  

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