GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The Reds will use nearly 30,000 baseballs this year. And each one has a story.
Did you know major league baseballs have two lives?
The one on the field is as short as one pitch, but a typical ball lasts in play for about seven pitches.
And a baseball has an afterlife, good or bad depending on whether the ball goes into a kid’s glove or a trophy case or gets scuffed up in batting practice, chewed up by a dog or left out in the rain.
WCPO’s Jake Ryle becomes one with the ball to report on the life of a baseball at spring training.
WATCH the video in the player above.
Editor’s Note: Great care was taken to make sure no baseballs were hurt in the making of this video.