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Rawlings is under contract to provide two or three gloves to players each season. A player in need of an immediate replacement will go for a stock glove, while others take their time making a custom order. It takes three weeks for a custom glove ordered in late February to get into the hands of a player. With 30 MLB organizations, about 1,000 gloves are being produced right now for delivery before teams break camp.