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Frank_NL Amateur 25 posts since
Feb 25, 2002
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Apr 30, 2010 12:09 PM

Index finger out of the glove?

Hi there!

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?

  • THECOACH__44 Legend 289 posts since
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    1. Apr 30, 2010 12:28 PM (in response to Frank_NL)
    Re: Index finger out of the glove?

    "finger gets caught in the grass"

     

    Never seen it happen. Not something to worry about.

  • DawgDays Pro 156 posts since
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    2. Apr 30, 2010 12:39 PM (in response to THECOACH__44)
    Re: Index finger out of the glove?

    Custom and practice.

     

    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.

  • ccanes Pro 75 posts since
    Apr 15, 2010
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    3. Apr 30, 2010 12:44 PM (in response to DawgDays)
    Re: Index finger out of the glove?

    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.

  • Lou_B Community Moderator 1,319 posts since
    May 25, 2007
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    4. Apr 30, 2010 3:13 PM (in response to Frank_NL)
    Re: Index finger out of the glove?

    +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." !!!

  • Rich_Ives Legend 1,283 posts since
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    5. Apr 30, 2010 3:41 PM (in response to Lou_B)
    Re: Index finger out of the glove?

    +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.

  • 44Dodgers Pro 175 posts since
    May 11, 2009
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    6. Apr 30, 2010 4:14 PM (in response to Rich_Ives)
    Re: Index finger out of the glove?

    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.

  • oldhardballer Legend 787 posts since
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    7. Apr 30, 2010 6:25 PM (in response to 44Dodgers)
    Re: Index finger out of the glove?

    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.

  • FTBA Pro 61 posts since
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    8. May 1, 2010 2:09 PM (in response to ccanes)
    Re: Index finger out of the glove?

    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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