Baseball fun facts

A baseball, an essential to America's national sport.
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Baseball has always been the national sport of the United States, along with football. Since I live in Canada, I never managed to go watch a baseball game in my life. We used to have the Expos in Montreal but ever since they moved out I did not have interest in this sport so I never managed to go see a game. I still watch some games here and then on television specially around the World Series. Last week I was watching the season opener game of the Yankees and a question came to me. I was watching all those foul balls flying into the crowd and the balls that the umpire scratches at almost every 6 or 7 straight pitches and I wondered how many balls do they use in a game? Or even better, how many do they use during a whole season?

Some of those baseballs end up in the crowd and they make some happy fans. But what about the baseballs the umpire scratches? Where do they end up? I searched around a little and did not find any plausible answer. So I believe they end up at the home team's practice. If anyone comes across this information somewhere it would be kind to let me know!

What about broken baseball bats? Well if the players were not superstitious and would not change a bat when they are in a slump then perhaps the number would not be as big as predicted. Many thousands of bats are used during an entire season but several of them are still in good shape. Many trees were cut down to make these bats. It's hard to believe it when we are told to protect the forest and the environment! I just hope you learned more with these facts about baseball.

Some statistics

So I did a bit of research and collected some impressive numbers. In average, during a baseball game, they keep the same ball for 6 pitches before the umpire scratches it or that it flies in the crowd. Since during a game there are in average 275 pitches, then around 45 balls will be used during one baseball game. Some end up in the crowd and the total is around 60 baseballs. Multiply that by 162 games in a season and it makes a total of 160 000 used balls during a season. Quite impressive uh? If you take into consideration that the cost of a baseball is around 3$, then the total amount of money spent by the teams is 480 000$.

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Husky1970 5 years ago

That's a lot of baseballs. I would think you are right about them being used as practice balls by the home team.


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The Reminder 5 years ago from Canada Author

Yes I know. It would stupid to just throw them away.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

The reason they do that is two fold and both have to do with not giving the pitcher an unfair advantage. If the ball is used for a couple innings, it softens up from repeated blows and then becomes much harder to hit for any distance. Scratches on the ball make it move in unnatural ways due to air resistance. Pitchers would love to keep the same ball the whole game. They did in the old days, what is now called the "dead ball era." All discarded balls are given to the fans—and they love them as souvenirs!


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The Reminder 5 years ago from Canada Author

James A Watkins:

Thanks for clarifying it. I thought that used balls were harder to throw for the pitchers because it had less grip on them, meaning less control. I guess I wrong! Maybe that is why they use chalk.


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dblyn 3 years ago from Staten Island, NY

Actually when balls have scrathes on them, they are easier for the pitcher to manipulate, Watkins is absolutely correct. Some broken bats and ripped jerseys get sold to the sportscard companies to make cards out of (this is done with hockey sticks and jerseys too). In the old days, players owned their bats but not their jerseys (which is why there are no names on the old jerseys), jerseys were returned to the club. Now, both bats and jerseys are owned by the player and can be sold when they no longer are usable in a game.


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The Reminder 3 years ago from Canada Author

Yeah I have seen those. Now they do cards from movie costumes. Thanks fro reading!

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