Most people would say this is a slam dunk case and absolutely NO CHANCE would you wear a batting glove on your throwing hand.
I say, not so fast.
Sure, I agree I would avoid it at all cost, but can we really say for certain that NO is the right answer?
There are a lot of reasons making me hesitant to a resounding no, with certainty.
First off, we have to take into account why we wouldn’t wear a glove. We want the feel for the ball and having contact with the fingers gives a much better feel for the seams when trying to throw the ball.
Aside from the pitcher not being allowed to wear a batting glove on the throwing hand, it is perfectly legal for all other positions on the field.
If the main objective is to get a good feel for the ball then there are some situations that may arise that may be better suited for a batting gloves' feel vs. the natural texture of your fingers.
If the weather is cold, the fingers will be cold and stiff, most likely slick due to lack of moisture.
So wearing a batting glove on the throwing hand won’t seem like such a bad idea. It will not only help with throwing the ball but it will help with keeping your hands warm and ready to perform throwing, which requires a lot of finger dexterity.
On the flip side, we may be in a situation where the hands are too moist and wearing the batting glove may give a better feel when the moisture is negated.
My first instinct is to say absolutely not should you ever wear a batting glove on the throwing hand, but I know of two great reasons to wear one on defense.
Can you think of any more good reasons to wear a batting glove on the throwing hand when playing defense?