If you look at this picture of Juan Pierre leading off, you can see he has gloves in his hands. He’s not wearing them, and they aren’t his batting gloves. Since he came over to the Dodgers, I noticed that whenever he reaches base, he immediately removes his batting gloves, takes these other gloves out of his pocket and palms them the entire time he’s on base. I don’t know that I’ve noticed anyone else doing this.
I haven’t been able to figure out why a runner would do this. I could understand perhaps using gloves to protect your hands for sliding, but then why wouldn’t you just wear the gloves?
Does anyone know, or has he spoken about it? Are there other players who do this?