Ever discover whereas watching a MLB recreation, any pitch which strikes the grime, the catcher will mechanically maintain the ball up for the umpire, who takes the scuffed ball whereas giving the catcher a brand new baseball, then throws the scuffed ball in direction of the Dwelling Workforce dugout. Ever marvel why?
Pitchers on the Main League stage are so proficient that any scuff of the baseball, irrespective of how small, via wind resistance, may create extra motion within the baseball when thrown, thus giving the pitcher an unfair benefit over the batter.
This appears an affordable rationalization for throwing a whole lot of baseballs, per crew, out of the sport through the course of a season. For the reason that scuffed balls are at all times thrown in direction of the house crew’s dugout it is protected to imagine the balls are then utilized by the crew in batting apply in addition to infield / outfield drills.
Once in a while, particularly after a participant hits a house run, or different important hit, the tv cameras will pan contained in the dugout displaying the celebration actions of the gamers. Throughout these dugout scans it is common to see a police officer or safety guard sitting contained in the dugout with the gamers.
Sadly, with the state of violence in right this moment’s world, it makes excellent sense to have an officer stationed contained in the dugout in an effort to shield gamers from an unruly fan who might attempt to enter the dugout from the sector.
Up till yesterday I firmly believed these self deduced explanations for the 2 occasions was completely true. I imply my explanations are rational and make excellent logical sense, however embarrassingly for me, solely partially right. The truth is if pushed for accuracy I would need to admit, very barely right.
So what’s the correct rationalization for these two issues? Paradoxically they’re each a part of the reply. That is wild, let me clarify.
I used to be proper concerning the scuffed half. The baseballs are deemed unusable after hitting the grime, though that brings concerning the query of why each baseball is not discarded after being put in play.
Anyway, the baseballs are thrown to the house crew dugout, however not for use for batting apply or infield / outfield drills, however are given to the officer within the dugout for official recording, tagging and identification of the ball. Paradoxically, the officer is within the dugout for safety causes, however he is to guard the scuffed baseballs, not the gamers.
The officer recordsdata a report on each baseball which incorporates, however will not be restricted to, the date of the sport, the pitch depend when the ball was discarded and who the batter was on the time.
These baseballs are then positioned below strict safety by the MLB and transferred to New York Metropolis the place they’re auctioned off. This equivalent state of affairs happens in each main league baseball park, each recreation, the whole season.
I am instructed there may be an big demand for these baseballs by followers who attended the sport for some important purpose, resembling they proposed on the recreation, it was introduced the spouse was pregnant and no matter, no matter.
It isn’t day-after-day I announce to the world I am unsuitable, really terribly unsuitable, about one thing, however this so intrigued me I simply needed to let everybody find out about it.
The one factor worse now, is that if everybody however me knew this.