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In today's text, we will talk about the baseball, a special item, of a specific manufacture, the soul of a different sport, but no less important.

And in the country of football, it can be difficult to find the right information to buy the best baseball. Stitching, core, lining, all of it may be new and different to a first-time pitcher, but here in this Guide, it's all as simple as a hit, and best of all, with a home run at the end: your purchase.


  • What makes the baseball unique is its core, or kernel, made of cork (a material that makes corks) or rubber, or both.
  • In addition to the core, the variants of its composition, such as its coating and stitching, have a great bearing on its performance during pitching and hitting.
  • The most popular baseballs are produced by Rawlings, the company that supplies the official balls of the MLB, the American Baseball League.

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Buying Guide

There is an aura about the baseball. The shape, the weight, the stitching, everything is very unique, and not for nothing, after all, each feature interferes with its performance and suitability for each type of game or exercise.

In the Shopping Guide below, we are aligned with the importance that the baseball deserves, showing its characteristics and varieties, all so you can find the ideal model for your game or training.

Imagem mostra o momento em que uma criança arremessa a bola, com o braço direito arqueado, o esquerdo fazendo apoio e as pernas flexionadas.

Unique, the baseball has components with variables that change its entire throwing and hitting mechanics...(Source: Pixabay/

What is the baseball made of?

The baseball is divided into three layers. From the outside in: lining, triple layer of lines and the crumb. There is also an adhesive layer between the core and the lines. The lining can be made of leather or synthetic material, such as vinyl.

The layers of thread are almost always made of wool, each layer being of a different thickness. The core, on the other hand, can be made of cork, rubber or a mixture of the two.

What does the official MLB baseball look like?

What makes a baseball classified as an MLB ( Major League Baseball) official baseball is its production by Rawlings, the brand that supplies the rounds to the American league.

There are specifications for balls that are fit to be pitched and hit in MLB

But that's not all. There are some specifications needed to make them fit to be pitched and hit in MLB. One of them is the size, 9 inches in circumference. The lining, in turn, must be made of genuine leather, including cowhide.

The seams are medium by default - 108 of them, to be exact. Finally, it must bear the official stamp of the League Commissioner, the boss.

Imagem mostra três bolas oficiais da MLB enfileiradas. A primeira está focada, as outras duas, em segundo plano, desfocadas.

Rawlings produces the official MLB balls, which have standardizations from circumference to the number of seams.(Source: Lesly Juarez/

What is the R.I.F baseball?

A defining characteristic of the baseball is its stiffness. The crumb, rubberized or not, makes the round heavy and dangerous, and is the reason players wear helmets and all sorts of safety gear.

So there are safer balls on the market, with cushions in the lining and the interior, aimed at recreational games and especially children's games. These are R.I.F balls, from the English "Reduced Injury Factor".

Imagem mostra o momento em que um menino, uniformizado, tenta rebater uma bola de beisebol durante um jogo.

More secure in the knowledge that they will not get hurt with the balls, children can better learn the movements of baseball... (Source: Keith Johnston/

Baseball or softball?

Coming from very similar sports - softball comes from baseball - baseballs and softballs have and equally similar composition, with core, lines and lining, but with different densities (higher in the baseball), and, most importantly, different measurements.

If the baseball has a circumference between 22 and 23 centimetres, and weighs around 145 grams, more or less, the softball is about 30 centimetres in circumference and between 178 and 194 grams.

Baseball Softball
Density Higher Lower
Circumference 22.86 cm - 23.49 cm 30.2 cm - 30.8 cm
Weight 141.74 g - 148.82 g 178.0 g - 194.8 g

What is the price of a baseball?

Among unofficial MLB baseballs, you will find models ranging from $ 20 to $ 50, official baseballs can cost from $ 60 to $ 200, as well as sets of balls, ranging from $ 50 to $ 200.

In the USA, there are Blem Balls, which are slightly defective balls, especially on their stitching, which do not change their performance much, but make them cheaper

Purchase Criteria: What to notice on your baseball

We now come to our exclusive list of buying criteria, which are points to notice on your baseball when choosing your ideal model.

So let's talk about each of these points, so that you go into making your purchase very well informed.

Level of Play

To choose the ideal ball for your game, you must first identify the level of your game, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced. This is a question that alters not only the ball's characteristics, but also its cost-benefit. After all, how much can a beginner do with a professional ball?

In general terms, therefore, a ball for beginners should be more cushioned, like an R.I.F, while one for intermediates should take into account the official measurements of the championships.

The advanced ones, on the other hand, can already look at characteristics that minimally alter performance, such as stitching, for example.

Imagem mostra o momento em que rapaz arremessa uma bola durante um jogo oficial, com a torcida (ao fundo, desfocada) e tudo

Your level of play will determine the ideal characteristics of your baseball.(Source: Pixabay/


There are two types of baseball ball coating, leather and synthetic, which you will also find as "synthetic leather". The genuine leather ball is more durable and is famous for having greater control.

The synthetic lining, on the other hand, has a greater resistance to dust, the most abundant element of a baseball game, and retains its coloration for much longer.


Crumb also has two commonly used varieties. Three, actually. There is cork core, the material used in corks, rubber core and mixed cork and rubber core.

A more durable ball has more rubber, while a ball with a more controllable throw takes more cork. The best value for money lies in the balance between the two, in a small ball of cork covered by a layer of rubber.


The stitching of the ball is also very important for its performance, especially for its pitch. The point to note is the height of the seam. The higher it is, the better the control of the hand over it, but equally the greater the resistance created against the air in the throw, and lower speed therefore.

The reverse is true. Lower height, less control in the throw and also less resistance, in other words, greater speed.

Imagem mostra uma bola de beisebol oficial em plano detalhe, apoiada sobre uma superfície coberta com um tecido, e com a sua textura visível e costuras em destaque.

The seam interferes with the handling of the ball and the size of the air resistance when thrown.(Source: Vlad Alexandru Popa/


Size is another important point of a baseball, not least to, as we have already seen, differentiate it from the smaller softball and enable it to be hit correctly.

The official measurement of a baseball is between 9 and 9.2 inches in circumference, or between 22 and 23 centimetres.

(Featured image source: Jose Morales/