Marucci released eight fielding glove lines - three adult (Capitol, Cypress, Oxbow), three youth (Ascension, Vermilion, Acadia) and two softball (Magnolia, Palmetto) - with all-new patterns, branding and materials on Aug. 7. We understand that choosing between eight new glove lines can be a tough task, which is why we created this ultimate fielding glove guide to discuss options by position, material, depth, shape, fit and web style.
There are general length ranges that apply to positions on the field, but most gloves can be utilized at any length based on personal preference. Here are the general lengths used by professional players per position for reference:
Pitchers: 11.5”, 11.75”, 12”
First base: 12.5”, 12.75”, 13”
Middle infield: 11.25”, 11.5”, 11.75”
Third base: 11.75-12”
Kip leather is the tightest-grained leather offered, providing a smooth surface and nice structure while keeping the glove lightweight. Steerhide is the most rugged and durable leather and boasts great molding qualities. Cowhide is the softest and lightest leather that is easiest to break in.
Our Capitol and Cypress series are crafted with USA leather that is tanned in Japan. This process is renowned for producing high-quality leather for two reasons: (1) The cold climates of the Midwest U.S. create a thick and sturdy hide. (2) Japan is the No. 1 producer of high-quality ball glove leather.
The Acadia series features a full leather shell with no synthetics.
Neutral vs. Deep
The new glove lines offer neutral and deep patterns to suit the game’s elite players.
A neutral pattern is recommended for a shortstop or second baseman looking to stop the ball, transition and get it out of the glove quickly. Neutral gloves have a medium pocket depth, straighter fingers, an asymmetrical palm shape and closes from the thumb to middle finger.
A deep pattern is recommended for the left side of the infield for those looking for more one-handed ball security. Deep gloves feature deep pockets, a rounded glove shape, a symmetrical palm shape and closes from the thumb to ring finger.
Compared to a baseball glove, fastpitch patterns have shallower pockets in the infield for quicker transfers. Fastpitch gloves are also crafted with a wider shape to accommodate a bigger ball.
Whether an adult, youth or fastpitch model, each glove is suited to fit that player. Although youth models are intended for kids up to 13, a smaller-built adult who prefers a snug fit can still find success while using a youth fielding glove.
The adult models will have the roomiest hand stall to allow for bigger hands. The youth gloves utilize a tapered fit and fastpitch falls somewhere in between. The adult finger stalls will also be taller than the softball and youth models to support larger fingers.
Infielders defend with more spacious web styles, such as an I-Web or H-Web, for a lighter feel and quicker transitions. Pitchers conceal the ball while changing grips by using closed webs, a two-piece solid for example. Outfielders secure the ball in the pocket by using webs with less spacing, such as an H-Web or double bar post.
Available web styles
11.75" Pitcher's T-Web, 12" Two Piece Solid, 33.5" Catcher's Mitt One Piece Solid, 13" Two Bar Post, 11.25" One Piece Solid, 11.5" I-Web, 11.5" H-Web, 11.75" Single Post, 11.75" I-Web, 12" H-Web, 12.75" H-Web, 13" Double Bar Post, Custom