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Call it a player-glove relationship

Some players have as many as five gloves, but usually only one is their gamer

Updated: April 15, 2012, 11:06 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The first week of the baseball season is a special time for players and their gloves. The night before Opening Day, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips explained the five gloves he had carefully placed in his locker. He has three practice gloves, all significantly smaller than his game glove; a smaller glove helps him look the ball into his glove a little better and a little longer. He has a backup game glove and his game glove, which was placed, pocket side down, with a batting glove ...

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