The Life of a Major League Baseball

As told by a ball at spring training
Posted at 6:41 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-01 18:41:03-05

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.