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Offline imref

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breaking in a glove
« Topic Start: February 20, 2012, 10:33:16 AM »
What do you guys recommend to break in a new baseball glove?  I've heard everything from baking it, to oiling it, putting a softball inside, and rubber-banding it, to doing nothing (just using it).


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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #1: February 20, 2012, 10:35:58 AM »
I just used mine, but I know some people who like to oil theirs.  Never heard of baking it before :lol:

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #2: February 20, 2012, 10:47:55 AM »
I've work some with leather products.  I would not do anything to it that dries the leather.  So I would not bake it.  A good leather oil would be good and can probably be found at any shoe store.  After oiling it, it will be a little more flexable and that's a good time to put a ball in it overnight.

What do you guys recommend to break in a new baseball glove?  I've heard everything from baking it, to oiling it, putting a softball inside, and rubber-banding it, to doing nothing (just using it).




Offline Lintyfresh85

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #3: February 20, 2012, 10:49:10 AM »
Always wrapped a ball in it, rubber banded it up and baked it.

Also helps to use some shaving cream on the leather as well.

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« Reply #4: February 20, 2012, 10:56:50 AM »
I just used mine, but I know some people who like to oil theirs.  Never heard of baking it before :lol:

there are  few sites that suggest baking it for 15 minutes or so, then rubbing in oil, putting a softball inside, and wrapping it tightly with string or a rubber band.

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #5: February 20, 2012, 11:03:52 AM »
I always keep a ball in mine but it's more so I don't forget where the ball is.

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #6: February 20, 2012, 11:58:39 AM »
I've heard of oiling it, and the ball and rubberhand.

Go to a sports store.  There's a certain kind of oil they sell for gloves.  Read what the directions on the back says.  I vaguely recall Neatsfoot oil?  Not sure though.

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #7: February 20, 2012, 12:09:08 PM »
I have also heard of parking a car on it overnight, but haven't tried that approach myself.

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #8: February 20, 2012, 12:23:59 PM »
Why not go to one of the player's twitter account and ask how they condition their glove?  Couldn't hurt.

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #9: February 20, 2012, 12:53:13 PM »
Why not go to one of the player's twitter account and ask how they condition their glove?  Couldn't hurt.

Because their response will be "It came broken in from the factory".

They get all the breaks! Not only are their paid to play, they get the best equipment too! :P

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #10: February 20, 2012, 01:01:46 PM »
Break in a glove? Use it!

Don't have time to use it? Fake it. Go to Home Depot, buy a hammer replacement handle, then get a ball, duct tape the ball to the hammer handle. Work the mitt.

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« Reply #11: February 20, 2012, 01:02:53 PM »
I offered to help Linty get some use out of his glove once but he doesn't like dinosaurs :stir:

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #12: February 20, 2012, 01:10:52 PM »
Run over it a couple of times with a car.

I've heard some crazy things growing up.  One of the was to dip it in bucket of car oil and hang it up for a month.

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« Reply #13: February 20, 2012, 01:11:56 PM »
stand on it...


...and then pee on your feet ;)

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #14: February 20, 2012, 01:12:52 PM »
I offered to help Linty get some use out of his glove once but he doesn't like dinosaurs :stir:

Had hoped you had forgotten about that.  :run:  :-[

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #15: February 20, 2012, 01:55:16 PM »
Mink oil, keep a ball in the pocket and rubberband it, play catch often.

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #16: February 20, 2012, 02:20:52 PM »
i bought some oil at Model's, plan is to play catch with the kids then oil/band it with a softball inside.

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #17: February 20, 2012, 02:51:09 PM »
Glove Loogie is pretty goood stuff too.

http://www.mobileleatherservice.com/GloveLoogie.html - but I'm not sure that they make it anymore....

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Re: breaking in a glove
« Reply #18: February 20, 2012, 04:21:04 PM »
Have a catch with anyone who will throw with you - it's the best way.  When the mitt starts to dry out, use Neatsfoot Oil.

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« Reply #19: February 20, 2012, 04:25:24 PM »
Have a catch with anyone who will throw with you - it's the best way.  When the mitt starts to dry out, use Neatsfoot Oil.

that's what I bought.  Played catch with my son today, then rubbed in the oil into the palm/crease, then rubberbanded it with a softball inside.