The third basemen in this group keep their glove designs clean, but, as any legit third baseman knows, a 3B glove looks best dirty.
6. David Wright – Wilson A2K DW5 Glove
Wright missed a lot of time during the season – but played enough so that we could get a look at his gamer: a coal, blue, and orange DW5 that looks filthy in person.
David Wright’s gamer is 12″, has an H-web, and has a deep yet narrow pocket. Wright wanted something a little different than other 12″ models offered, so he asked Wilson for his own pattern. They hooked him up.
Shop the DW5 here.
5. Manny Machado – Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRONP5 Glove
This one-of-a-kind design is gorgeous. The glove does not match Orioles’ team colors, but the chocolate looks rich and the gray lacing pops.
Shop Machado’s game glove here.
4. Evan Longoria – Wilson A2000 EL3 Glove
Longoria’s orange tan gamer is simple yet sweet. Orange tan is an incredible looking color, but is rare in the MLB for some reason.
Evan Longoria designed his personal pattern with an 11.75″ length, a single post web, and a deep and rounded pocket.
Longo’s even got a training glove that looks just like his gamer. He’s known for pre-game defensive drills where he gets on two knees and fields hot shots with the trainer.
Shop Evan Longoria’s gamer here.
3. Nolan Arenado – Rawlings Heart of the Hide PRO12-6TI Glove
Another classic design – and a good one. Nolan Arenado’s timberglase leather looks heavenly in the second picture and is an awesome color nonetheless.
Arenado’s gamer is 12″ PRO200 pattern design with the H-web. Arenado loves the deep pocket and good length he gets from this combination.
Shop Arenado’s game glove here.
2. Josh Donaldson – Rawlings Pro Preferred x Heart of the Hide PRONP5 Glove
Josh Donaldson’s first gamer this year is 11.75″, has an I-web, and is half Heart of the Hide and Pro Preferred. The outer shell is Pro Preferred leather, while the palm is Heart of the Hide leather.
While you can’t get Donaldson’s gamer with the two leather scheme, you can get a Pro Preferred here.
1. Kris Bryant – Rawlings Pro Preferred PRO200-6K Glove
Kris Bryant’s glove is incredible. The camel glove with tan laces look is a personal favorite, and the wear makes the camel look breathtaking. Once that creamy color mixes with the sun and sweat and pine tar and ‘MURICA, its just looks like The Show.
Bryant’s glove is the largest glove on the list at 12.25″. Despite the huge size, the stock Bryant is controllable and nonetheless feels amazing.
Shop the Bryant stock model here.
Here’s the skinny with some insights from our recent study on four years of MLB glove usage:
- Half of the third basemen on the list use H-webs, which is not the most popular web at 3B. The I-Web, which has only one user in this list, is the most popular web among all third basemen according to our study. (Editor’s Note: For the purposes of the glove research, we counted Machado’s V-Web as an I-Web since it functions as an I-Web.)
- 4 of the 6 third basemen user Rawlings, the most popular brand at 3rd base.
- Half of the third basemen in this list use 12″ gloves, the most popular size according to Ballgloves Online’s research.
Which third basemen’s glove is your favorite?