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Moose big on 'D' with secret little glove

Moose big on 'D' with secret little glove

Moose big on 'D' with secret little glove
OAKLAND -- Royals manager Ned Yost noted that, despite his slow start at the plate, Mike Moustakas has been providing stellar defense at third base.

Moustakas has a little secret: a little glove.

He uses a training glove or mini-glove in practice, a Rawlings mitt that looks made for a Little Leaguer. But many players use it as a tool to improve their fielding and Moustakas is a true believer.

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"It keeps your hands down and makes you actually feel the ball, make you catch the ball in the right part of the glove," Moustakas said. "You don't have a lot of room to miss. So when you're fielding ground balls you have to be a lot more perfect, a lot more fine to be able to get it right in that little area."

He said the mini-glove measures just 9 1/2 inches from bottom to top while his normal glove is 12 1/4 inches. Moustakas has been using it since his Minor League days.

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