Welcome to MittFix!

Jim Dowdell

MittFix has been invited to provide glove repair, reconditioning and tuneup services for players at the Cal Ripken Baseball Camp in Aberdeen, MD.

I've been repairing and re-conditioning baseball gloves for more than 40 years. It started out as a hobby, fixing gloves for players on my dad's Little League team. Pretty soon, players on other teams around the league started asking me to work on their gloves. I figure I've worked on thousands of baseball gloves during that time. People ask me to repair their gloves for a couple of reasons.

One is for performance. Serious ballplayers have a special relationship with their gloves. A glove has to feel right. Instead of buying a new one, which can be expensive and time-consuming to break-in, they have their old glove overhauled so it feels like new again.

Another reason is sentimental. I can't tell you the number of times I've repaired gloves that have sat in a dusty closet or attic for years. Seeing their glove the way it was years before brings back good memories for many people.

Finally, some players just like an annual tuneup before each season. It's part of the ritual, just like going to the batting cages or running sprints.

Whatever your reason, my service is fast, inexpensive and, most of all, effective. In less than a week in most cases, I can turn your glove from a dry, stiff piece of leather into an important piece of equipment. I can't make you a good fielder but at least your glove will be in good shape!

As I like to tell people...don't replace it, re-lace it.

Let me show you how it's done...

1. Lace Removal

Removing the laces

The process starts with removing the dry, brittle laces. Laces form the framework of your glove, and if they are broken, loose or stretched out, your glove won't have the strength and flexibility it needs to perform in the clutch.

2. Leather Conditioning

Conditioning the leather

Once the laces are removed, I give your glove a thorough cleaning and conditioning, inside and out. Moisture is the number-one culprit in shortening a glove's life, especially inside the palm. Using Lexol™, a liquid conditioner and preservative that maintains the strength, beauty, utility and flexibility of leather and restores resiliency to old or neglected leather. This ensures that your glove is sufficiently protected against moisture, leaving the leather soft and pliable.

3. Glove Restringing

Glove Restringing

Next comes the most critical step in making your glove like new. Re-lacing is as much an art as it is a science. Most of the time, I will duplicate the original patterns. But I've worked on enough gloves to know a few tricks that can improve the manufacturer's design.

4. Final Conditioning

Repaired Glove

As the last step, I give your glove another treatment with mink oil.

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