The majority of baseball players, at any level of play, wear batting gloves next to their baseball gloves. The Batting gloves are worn because they help increase the quality of the grip on the bat. Even the slightest slip or variation in grip can cost the team greatly. They also act as a protector of the hand when one slides into a base. Another use for batting gloves, especially in younger leagues that permit aluminum bats, is shock protection. On a cold day, a bad or loose swing can fracture fingers.