Coming off a Gold Glove season, Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra detailed in spring training part of the process that has made him one of baseball's best defensive outfielders: A little red glove not much different from one a small child might use.
Parra explained the practice glove, which he started using last year, forces better focus on the ball, which carries over to game situations with a larger glove. Parra picked up the idea after seeing fellow Venezuela native and 11-time Gold Glove winner Omar Vizquel using a small glove in practice.
Now, the little glove has spread through the D-backs clubhouse, with some players using the glove daily during batting practice.
Accounts vary on how the little red gloves came to sit in nearly every player's locker, but what's certain is Parra is the connection. Parra gets the gloves from a manufacturer in Mexico, and after buying one for fellow outfielders Justin Upton and Chris Young last year, he's since procured one for Jason Kubel...