“Do not let the fear of striking out hold you back.”
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Leaving one or ten baseballs out in the rain is something we’ve all done. They not only get damp, but they also get weighty; they stop flying straight, hurt when you strike them, and break off your tempo. Many coaches simply toss them out or encourage their athletes to throw them into neighboring lots as part of an accidental home run game.
A baseball’s hide, seams, thread, and cork weigh about five ounces, making it the ideal mass for the high-velocity game. Pitching and striking a bigger, wetter ball is risky and can result in damage. A wet ball’s cover may feel dry to the touch, but the ball may stay weighty and unsuitable. If a baseball has become wet after being dried out, it should be put aside and used for non-throwing exercises such as a soft toss.
If you do not afford to throw away baseballs, then simply cook them.
Cooking of baseballs:
In an ordinary, everyday kitchen oven, put as many baseballs as you would like to resuscitate. Please make sure there is enough room; the balls should never be subjected to direct flame or allowed to touch the sidewalls or warming parts of an oven.
Set the oven to no higher than 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake the balls for 4 – 5 hours. It won’t damage your balls because it’s no hotter than the inside of your car on a hot summer day.
In the unlikely event that the baseballs have indeed been left outside for extended periods and they haven’t decayed, it may take several trips through the oven to remove enough moisture for them to be usable again. Alternatively, you can bake your baseballs and save money and not waste otherwise perfectly nice baseballs if you are patient.