The most expensive baseball glove that's not an antique probably is this $14,100 model manufactured by Hermes of Paris. It's said to be made of "gold swift calfskin" and required 25 hours to make by hand. It's a companion piece to Hermes' ash wood baseball bat — a relative bargain at $1,925. Yeah, it comes from futbol country in France, but the company has been around about as long as baseball itself (1837), so there's no reason to doubt they make major-league worthy stuff.
(How they arrived at a $14,100 price point — who knows? And the bat should cost $1,927 because of Babe Ruth, but hey, marketing should be flexible.)
Gloves usually cost anywhere from $19.99 to $499 for the top-of-the line stuff they use in the major leagues. What is the market for a $14,100 baseball glove, though? Richie Rich himself? Donald Trump sitting in the front row at Yankee Stadium looking for a foul ball? Mel Schmegmer's kid from "Benchwarmers" need a glove?Ah... Yasiel Puig wearing a $14,100 glove in a game for the Los Angeles Dodgers would irritate so many people, it's not even worth counting. Magic Johnson, spend some of your own cash on this must-have impulse buy. The "gold swift calfskin" material probably would, in addition, feel good on Puig's injured left thumb. While they're at it, the Dodgers should see if there's a scepter, crown and cape on sale so they can completely fit Puig for his triumphant return to action.
Puig is still young and raw, and he needs to keep working on his game, but the overreaction to him coming out dressed like Jerry Lawler wearing a glove that costs as much as some people's cars is too much fun to pass up. And this is probably the only way any of us plebs will ever see the Hermes glove up close.
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