Heart of the Hide Series - Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winners
Crafted from Rawlings' world-renowned Heart of the Hide steer hide leather, the 2013 Heart of the Hide series gloves feature the game-day patterns of the most recent Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners. These high quality gloves have defined the careers of those deemed "The Finest in the Field" and are now available to elite athletes looking to join the next class of defensive greats. Worn by countless Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners since 1958, the Heart of the Hide ball glove line set the standard by which fielder's gloves are judged today. With legendary USA Horween leather, the best pro patterns and highest quality craftmanship in the world, the tried-and-true Heart of the Hide glove series and its new colorways provide elite players with the pro-style glove they need to make their mark in the field.
Heart of the Hide 11.5 inch Infield Baseball Glove (PRODJ2)
This Heart of the Hide Derek Jeter baseball glove from Rawlings Gear features the Basket Web pattern, which was the first flexible web that made the glove easier to squeeze. The glove was a collaborative effort between Rawlings and shortstop Derek Jeter. With its 11 1/2" pattern, this glove is based on his performance needs at his position and reflects his personal preference in web style, break points, function, and fit. Jeter was particular about the break in process and feel of the glove which makes this glove perfect for middle infielders. Handcrafted from the top 5% of steer hides and the best pro grade lace, the Heart of the Hide gloves durability remain unmatched. Its Convention Back drives flexibility and strength. Same pattern worn by Derek Jeter and Stephen Drew.
Patented in 1967, the Basket Web was the first flexible or stretchable web. It is a woven web which has become extremely popular among pitchers and some infielders. This web design is the most common web found today.
Heart of the Hide Leather
Heart of the Hide steer hide leather tends to be the prime cut or center portion of the smaller hide and is usually thicker than other leathers. The leather from the center area of the hide typically has less stretch, resulting in a firm glove that’s easier to shape. This top grade leather will allow the glove to mold to the players hand for a proper feel and still maintain the durability needed to play at the highest level. Handcrafted from the top 5% of steer hides, this leather has made the Heart of the Hide Series the most sought after gloves in the market.
Baseball Glove Size Guide
|Under 8 |
|Under 8 |
|High School/Adult |
|10.5 - 11.5" |
|High School/Adult |
|12 - 12.5" |
Choosing a Glove
|Glove Characteristics |
|Catcher ||These gloves have no finger channels, with heavy palm padding and overall reinforcements to reduce the sting of repeatedly catching pitchers' throws. |
|Pitcher (Infield) ||Choose a mid-size glove that's easy to control. Closed and Modified Trap webs work best at this position, letting you disguise your pitches by hiding the ball. |
|First Base (Infield) ||These gloves also lacks finger channels, but with less padding that a catcher's mitt, with added length to help catch infield throws and a shallow pocket, enabling quick ball retrieval. |
|Second Base (Infield) ||Choose a smaller glove with a shallow pocket, balancing control with the need to make quick throws. |
|Short Stop (Infield) ||Go to a smaller/mid size glove with a shallow pocket for ground balls and quick throws. |
|Third Base (Infield) ||Choose a medium to large glove with a shallow to mid-size pocket for maximum catching power. |
|Outfield ||Choose a longer glove to provide extended reach, with a deep pocket to handle high-lofting balls. |
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