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How many new balls are used in a major league game?


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2006-10-23 18:10:34
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Normally between 60-70. The home team is required to have 90 on hand for each game.


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I heard, while watching a major league game, as a trivia question that the answer was over 400 (can't remember the actual count) new baseballs had to be on hand prior to the start of a major league game. I have actually tried to count while watching a game but you don't get to see everything happen to the ball. I have actually counted 72 foul balls into the stands, this does not include balls into the dirt, homerun balls, balls thrown out by umpire so I find it hard to believe the count would be so low. I tried to do a search but everyone wants to state how many are used in a game and not how many have to be on hand prior to the start of the game.

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