Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor tried something new for last night’s game against the Red Sox: The back of his fielding glove was made of clear PVC plastic. ESPN broadcaster Eduardo Perez said it reminded him of the plastic slipcovers on his grandmother’s couch.
As you can see in this video clip, only the back side of the glove is plastic — the webbing and pocket are conventional leather:
Francisco Lindor’s see-through glove 👀 pic.twitter.com/xf5rJKM3EL
— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) July 23, 2023
I was intrigued by this tweet from Newsday columnist David Lennon, who said that Lindor had to darken the pocket “to make it game legal”:
Francisco Lindor, known for his stylish glove and cleat designs, intends to wear a Rawlings glove tonight that has a clear-plastic back, with a grayish-leather interior he had to darken some to make game legal. #Mets
— David Lennon (@DPLennon) July 23, 2023
I know pitchers aren’t allowed to wear white gloves, but are there similar rules for shortstops? And did Lindor darken the pocket himself, or have a clubhouse guy do it, or what? I DM’d Lennon with those questions, and he responded like so:
I don’t know for sure, but the Rawlings guy told me the inside of the glove was too white in its original state as he was showing it to me last week. He said it had to be darkened. As I was talking to Lindor before [Sunday’s] game, it had a darker, more used look, so it was probably from him breaking it in and taking infield with it that afternoon. It did not seem intentionally darkened with any sort of dye or leather polish as far as I could tell. I didn’t ask him specifically.
It’s not clear whether Lindor plans to keep using this glove going forward, or if it was just a Rawlings publicity stunt for ESPN’s Sunday night game. He’s a two-time Gold Glover (most recently in 2019), but maybe now we’ll have to call him a Plastic Glover. Let the record show that he handled three chances last night without incident.