Almost every single baseball fan owns a signed official MLB baseball as its most valuable possession, in fact, some of them were even lucky enough to catch them themselves. So, have you ever wondered how many baseballs are used in an MLB game?
There are countless reasons why players or umpires can change a baseball. Luck, scratches, discomfort, home runs, foul balls, or just because they want to. They have an almost unlimited supply of MLB official baseballs, and once a ball is thrown away, it's never used again.
In case you were wondering how much an MLB baseball cost, the answer is $6 plus shipping, meaning they spend a lot of money every game just in those. Then again, they also make a bunch of cash on every home game.
How Many Baseballs Are Used In An MLB game?
According to studies, the current life expectancy of an official baseball is just two pitches. Between home runs, players giving them away, foul balls, or whatever reason, teams use from 8 to 10 dozens of baseballs every game.
That means a Major League Baseball team often spends around $720 plus shipping just in baseballs. Which, let's be honest, it's pretty much spare change from the wealthiest people on earth.
What Are The Measures Of An MLB Baseball?
Baseballs have evolved a lot throughout the course of history. They currently have 108 double stitches (or 216 stitches) and, contrary to the past, both the American and National League use the same game ball.
An official Major League Baseball weights between 5 and 5 1⁄4 ounces (142 and 149 g) and is around 9 to 9 1⁄4 inches (229–235 mm) in circumference (2 7⁄8–3 in or 73–76 mm in diameter), according to official brand Rawlings.
Are MLB Baseballs 'Juiced'?
There has been a growing belief that MLB has recently 'juiced' the official baseballs to make it easier for hitters to get a home run. Several pitchers, including Justin Verlander and David Price, have called the league out, although there hasn't been an official report.
Plenty of studies claim that there's something different with the ball nowadays. It's more aerodynamic and home run totals have gone up over the past couple of years. Even so, the league and Rawlings have categorically denied such accusations.