So how are Rawlings juice dropping balls made, and how are they different from MLB baseballs? The answer may surprise you. The balls are manufactured in a factory, with a gelatinous layer and an analysis to determine how bounciness affects the game. But what exactly happens to the balls? What causes these variations? And what can you do to reduce them? Read on to find out! This article was written for Rawlings’ official blog.
Rawlings’ juice dropping balls are constructed quite differently from MLB baseballs
Before the 2021 season, MLB was still using two kinds of baseballs. The league recently bought the Rawlings ball manufacturer and said that the two types of baseballs are “quite different in construction.” A spokesperson for the MLB said that the difference was a result of production issues, but that they are “now resolved.” The differences are most apparent in the coefficient of restitution (COR), which measures how much energy is lost during impact. The higher the COR, the bouncier the ball.
MLB also has an 80,000-dozen-dozen juice-dropping balls produced in its Costa Rica plant. The balls are made for MLB games and special events. Rawlings’ juice-dropping balls are constructed differently than MLB baseballs, but the MLB logo is stamped on each one. The company is the only one that produces baseballs for both the National and American leagues.
They are manufactured in a factory
While the baseballs may have similar design, the weights and weight variations are not the same. In fact, a new patent by Rawlings shows that these balls can differ a great deal. The manufacturer has implemented several changes to its production process to eliminate these variations. Nevertheless, a spokesperson from MLB says that there has been no change in the weights and weight variations of the balls. This is because the rawlings manufacturing process includes “natural variation.” The KBO said that its internal testing revealed that the balls were all within the specifications.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has repeatedly denied that baseballs are juiced. Testing has shown that the balls are essentially the same but the performance of some balls is drastically different. However, if the ball is made differently, it can increase the player’s chances of hitting a home run by as much as 20 percent. The league is committed to using the 2020 balls in all of its regular season games.
They have a gelatinous layer
A gelatinous layer on the outside of the juice drops is the main characteristic of jelly-o and Jell-O. In juice dropping balls, this coating is made of gelatin, which has the capacity to provide an abundant mouthfeel and consumer interest. The gelatinous layer is derived from the combination of three raw materials: calcium lactate, water, and food-grade sodium alginate.
They are analyzed for bounciness
In the ball manufacturing process, different materials have different coefficients of restitution, which determine the bouncyness of a ball. Ease of restitution is measured by measuring the height of a ball’s bounce in comparison to its drop. Elasticity, on the other hand, is a property of material that describes its springiness and ability to bounce back to its original shape. Balls with different coefficients of restitution are called “bouncy.”
When balls are dropped from the same height, they should bounce back to the ground within the same amount of time. Bounciness is also a function of weight. If a ball is bouncing back up quickly, it means that it has less elasticity than another. Therefore, the higher the weight, the higher the bounce. Whether a ball is bouncier depends on how it is designed.
They are compared to MLB baseballs
A Business Insider report recently revealed that Major League Baseball will be using two different balls in 2021. The report cites the work of astrophysicist Meredith Wills, who has examined baseballs used in major league games. In response to the report, MLB confirmed that two balls would be used, but blamed the differences on manufacturing issues caused by the pandemic. However, the company did not provide any data supporting its assertions.
In the report, MLB scientists determined that the new baseballs would have less drag than the old ones. After testing the balls, they found that the average COR had decreased over the years. Additionally, the balls were hand-sewn in Rawlings’ factory in Costa Rica. While the changes were not significant enough to affect the average COR, they could be a contributing factor to the increased drag. However, the overall COR has remained consistent, trending upwards in recent years.