How to break in a new glove

Microwave, hot tub and oven among the many methods for major leaguers

Originally Published: May 10, 2010
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

I thought breaking in a glove was simple. You put a baseball in the webbing, tie it shut with shoestring, stuff it under the mattress along with the SI swimsuit issue, a Maxim magazine and the Victoria's Secret catalogue, then sleep on it all winter. But then I asked major leaguers how they break in their gloves and I learned that like so many other things, breaking in a glove has become a whole lot more complicated.

"Well," San Francisco's Aaron Rowand said, "first I'll get it wet. ...

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