It is a matter of economics. Baseballs cost $53 a dozen, and during an average game, the Seahawks go through three dozen balls. The reason they make announcements over the public address system to please return all foul balls to the first base dugout is that balls put out of play in a game are used as practice balls during batting practice and fielding drills.
That is why the security staff seizes the foul balls. In truth, the team rarely recovers many foul balls during a game. As for cost, also keep in mind the Seahawks play 33 home game. If you do the math, you can understand wanting to retain as many balls as possible.
Date posted: April 30, 2010
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