In many a glove, there's a hole on the back of it. Some players put their index finger through. Why do they do that? It is safe to do so? I can imagine a player scooping the ball when running, and I think there is a fat chance that the outstanding finger gets caught in the grass.
Cav i have your votes please?
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I think it's supposed to provide another layer of padding between finger and the ball hitting the pocket.
And some gloves have a little cover, so the index finger goes into kind of a tunnel, I guess to keep the finger from catching on the grass.
I can only think that it gives the finger another layer of protection from whatever, not only the grass. the finger for all practical purposes is secured in that sleeve. I have seen too many outfielders jump against a fence trying to catch a homerun, only to injure their finger on the fence when the finger is pushed back towards their wrist.
+I have seen too many outfielders jump against a fence trying to catch a homerun, only to injure their finger on the fence when the finger is pushed back towards their wrist. +
WOW - and there haven't been any lawsuits for faulty glove designs !!!
I'm surprised glove manufacturers don't have to put a warning label on gloves:
"Do not put your finger(s) out of the back of your glove, it may be dangerous." !!!
+I have seen too many outfielders jump against a fence trying to catch a homerun, only to injure their finger on the fence when the finger is pushed back towards their wrist.
Never seen it. Never heard of it happening.
Kept a finger out of the glove "forever" and never had and injury whatsoever.
I mostly played 2B or SS and always had it out, never a problem. Except with runner on 1st and I'd tuck it in ready for a tag.
I guess having it out seemed to make the pocket larger.
Same here Rich, just found it more comfortible and gave me the feeling of more flexibility with the glove. As far as caught in grass or injured by a wall, lol,never seen it or heard of it.
I can't verify the veracity of the following, but: my grandmother, a long-time baseball fan, told me that Yogi Berra's hands were so large that he couldn't fit all of his fingers into his catcher's mitt, so he kept his index finger out of the pocket.
Baseball players, being like puppy dogs, saw that and began to imitate it.
I suppose it also helped that Berra was one of the best catchers ever.
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