The end of summer means a few things. School is starting, nights are cooling off, and for baseball fans, the World Series is just around the corner. It also means it’s time to start thinking about what to do with all your baseball equipment during the off season—especially if you want to make sure your gear will be in good shape come next spring. Properly storing baseball equipment could be the difference between reusing your favorite slugger, and having to dish out money for a new bat. Follow these baseball equipment storage tips to keep your stuff ready for opening day.
Storing a Baseball Glove
Before storing a baseball glove, it is important to remove any sand or dirt that has built up during the season. This can easily be done with a clean cotton rag or brush. Once visible dirt is removed, use a leather-safe cleaner to give your glove one last wash, removing any remaining grime. Finish up by using a glove conditioner to keep your glove soft throughout the winter, ready for that pick-up game of catch next season.
If you don’t have somewhere to store your baseball glove, safe from fluctuations in extreme temperatures, consider utilizing a climate controlled storage unit. If a baseball glove is exposed to extreme temperature variations, the leather can become damaged, or even cracked.
Storing a Baseball Bat
Whether your baseball bat is wooden or aluminum, preparing it for storage is a relatively similar process. When storing an aluminum baseball bat, it’s important to protect the finish. The best way to do this is to remove any dust or dirt before putting it away. This can be done by washing the bat with mild soap and water, or simply using a Magic Eraser. A wooden bat can easily be cleaned using a wood-safe multipurpose cleaner.
If a bat isn’t stored properly during the off-season, connecting with your next pitch could cause your club to shatter. While this is rare with aluminum bats, it is relatively common with wooden bats. To protect your bat from cracking, do not store it in an environment with extreme fluctuations in temperature. If you live in an area with hot summers and cold winters, consider utilizing a climate controlled storage unit to protect your investment.
Storing Your Baseballs
Like storing your bat and glove, thoroughly clean your baseballs at the end of the season. Once the baseball is clean and dry, it can be stored in an air-tight box to protect it from exposure to moisture.
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