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Joe Murphy writes about how to properly care for your glove.

Joe is the CEO of Glove, Inc., a company in the greater Boston area that repairs and restores gloves.

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In taking proper care of your glove, the first thing you have to remember is that your glove is made of dead skin. The hide is off the animal. There is no more blood or oxygen getting into the fibers of the skin, keeping it moisturized and alive. Your glove is a dead thing!

So, you are involved in a race against time, so to speak. You want to get the most wear and take the best care of your glove, before it inevitably breaks down to the point where it’s unusable. Most of us neglect our gloves and by doing so we accelerate the deterioration process. Unfortunately, most ballplayers don’t think a lot about how to care for a glove.  We’re too busy thinking about more important things like, “What’s this guy throwing? How’s his change-up? Is my belt in my bag?”

Here are some tips on how to best take care of that prized possession:

– Always rest your glove on its thumb and little finger, preserving the shape of the pocket. Makes sense, eh?

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– After playing ball, wipe your glove off with a clean, moist cloth. Get all of the obvious surface dirt off of it. I also recommend getting a small brush and going over the laces, removing any trapped dirt.

– Keep your glove out of the sun. Don’t store it in a plastic bag. Keep it away from any heat source. All of these things will dry the natural oils out of the leather.

– Don’t let it sit in your bag in between games. Find a shelf to rest it on.

– If your glove gets really dirty, I recommend washing it with Saddle soap, wiping off the excess with a cotton cloth and letting it dry naturally. Don’t leave it in the sun to dry. Don’t put it in a microwave or in an oven to dry – you might as well get a gun and shoot it.

– Re-moisturize your glove with a product.  I highly recommend Doctor Jackson’s Hide Rejuvenator. I know, it’s got a wacky name, but it is the very best stuff I have ever used on baseball gloves. It is a bee’s wax, along with other light oils, that seeps into the pores of the leather, keeping the glove moisturized without weighing it down.

Have fun, play ball and hit ’em where they ain’t.

Blogger Bio

Joe has been repairing and reconditioning baseball gloves since 1983. He has played amateur and semi-pro baseball for 21 years, and has coached on the college level. Over the past 25 years, he has worked on and restored thousands of gloves. His work has been endorsed by hundreds of ballplayers, from Little League to the Pros. He reconditioned the glove Dennis Eckersley used in the 1989 World Series. He worked on gloves of former Red Sox Trainer, Charlie Moss, right in the Red Sox Club House.

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Breaking In A Glove

*Guest Blogger* Joe Murphy discusses the proper way to break in a glove.

Joe is the CEO of Glove, Inc., a company in the greater Boston area that repairs and restores gloves.

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Joe has been repairing and reconditioning baseball gloves since 1983. He has played amateur and semi-pro baseball for 21 years, and has coached on the college level. Over the past 25 years, he has worked on and restored thousands of gloves. His work has been endorsed by hundreds of ball players, from Little League to the Pros. He reconditioned the glove Dennis Eckersley used in the 1989 World Series. He worked on gloves of former Red Sox Trainer, Charlie Moss, right in the Red Sox Club House.

Old Wives Tales
There are many old wives tales about the proper, the best, the only way to break in a new glove. Let me take a minute to dispell a few of them.

The most widely known misnomer is to take your new glove, put a ball in the pocket, wrap some string around it and leave it under your mattress. No, that doesn’t work too well. You get this lump in your mattress, making it hard to get a good night’s sleep, and you end up with a smelly glove that still needs to be broken in.

Another one is to soak a new glove in a bucket of water, let it dry in the sun and play catch with it. You might as well just throw it in a dumpster, because soaking a glove in water will ruin it. As it dries, all of the natural oils in the leather – the only thing that is keeping the leather supple and healthy, dries out. Such a glove never had a chance.

The best way to break in a new glove
The best way to break in a new glove is to play catch with it, a lot of catch.
We all have very unique hands. Just like fingerprints, no two hands are alike. Even your right hand is subtly different from your left in size, strength, etc. A new glove has to, and eventually will conform to the unique contours and features of your hand. In order to do that, the glove must be worn a lot and be used in catch a lot – so the leather gets warm, stretches a bit and conforms to the unique way you hold the glove and catch the ball.

Some do’s and don’ts:

  • Don’t use mink oil, neetsfoot or linseed oil on your glove. They are too heavy and will clog the pores of the leather. Then, as the glove gets dirty, the dirt and oil get trapped in the leather, making it heavy and eventually will rot the leather.
  • Don’t use Vasoline or other petroleum products on your glove for the same reason. It’s too heavy for the leather and will clog up the pores. You want your glove to break in light and flexible.
  • Don’t use shaving cream. The foam gets clogged up in between the laces and the lacing starts to rot.
  • Do wipe your glove down with a damp cool cloth after you use it.
  • Let it rest on the thumb and little finger, so you don’t distort the pocket you are trying to create. Never let a glove rest on its side. This is a cardinal sin. The glove will cave in under its own weight and you’ll never have a well formed pocket.
  • Don’t use any additives to try to accelerate the break-in process. Just let the leather conform to your hand naturally, by playing as much catch with your new glove as you can. You’ll know when it’s ready for its game debut: when it feels right, when it feels like part of your hand.

Have fun and play ball. Hit ’em where they ain’t.

Joe Murphy
CEO, Glove, Inc.

Call (617) 230-3371 for more information on Joe’s glove restoration process.

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