When I was in New Zealand recently, I watched a lot of World Cup cricket with my sons-in-law who were unfamiliar with the game. What impressed them was that the fielders in cricket, unlike in baseball, did not wear any gloves (except for the wicket keeper) and yet managed to stop and catch the ball with their bare hands, even though a cricket ball is roughly the same size and hardness as a baseball.
In the clip below, watch especially the three catches starting at the 3:41 mark. In each case, the batter hit the ball cleanly and hard straight at the fielder who was really close and thus took the full brunt of the shot. And yet they managed to not only hold on to the ball but seemingly not injure their hands.
This website asks the question:
A standard cricket ball weighs between 5.5 and 5.75 ounces (155.9 and 163 grams), while a standard baseball weighs in at 5.25 ounces (142 and 149 grams).
A cricket ball is also smaller (22.4 -22.9 cm circumference) than a baseball (22.9 – 23.5 cm circumference), which means cricketers are catching a smaller and heavier ball, without the use of gloves—and they still make incredible diving catches.
If they can do it without the use of gloves, why can’t baseballers?
The answer is of course baseballers could do so if they had to but that these are different games with different histories and there is no reason why the practices of one should apply to the other.