Betcha’ didn’t know this about baseballs

Field of Teams

It is the focal point of every Major League Baseball player, coach, and fan watching, yet it’s also the most overlooked item used in the game. Sure, you watch baseball. But do you really watch the ball as much as you think?

We betcha’ don’t.

For example: How many times do you notice when they switch the baseball because the pitcher doesn’t like how it feels in their hand? Or how often do you notice that the baseballs they use in batting practice are different from the ones they use to warm up in the bullpen?

Baseballs don’t simply arrive at the stadium ready to be used. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes before a ball is tossed by a pitcher on a big league mound.

According to A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich, they use an average of seven dozen baseballs per game in Oakland. To meet…

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