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How to snag a baseball

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How often have you gone to a baseball game hoping to catch a ball that goes into the stands? It’s not as hard as it seems, says Zack Hample, author of “How to Snag Major League Baseballs.”

Hample has snagged almost 8,000 baseballs at 51 different Major League stadiums across North America. Here are his top five tips for getting one:

Arrive early

Teams warm up one to two hours before the game, so be the first person in the gate. You’ll have fewer people to compete with for foul or home-run balls, and you’ll occasionally find balls already lying in the seats when you arrive.

Sit on the aisle

You’ll need to move around to increase your chances. “Don’t get trapped in the middle of a long row. You need to be able to jump up and move,” Hample says.

Play the percentages

Check out the rosters ahead of time, so you know how many right- and left-handed batters there will be. Most right-handed batters will hit foul balls to the first-base side; left-handed batters, to the third-base side. Pick a seat in the stadium accordingly.

Ask politely

When teams are warming up, they’ll often throw balls to their fans in the stands. “And players love to throw balls to kids,” Hample says.

Buy a hat for each team that’s playing

Players on the road love to spot their fans, and will often reward them by throwing them a ball. Change your hat according to who’s in the field.

For more tips, check out Hample’s Web site at www.zackhample.com.

26 Comments on How to snag a baseball

  1. What if the ball is hit to the middle of all of the stands

  2. I am going to a minor league baseball game on july 4 and this summer i am also going to a mariners game too I am sure the great tips will come in handy!P.S. Got any advice on getting autographs?If only I could get a signed Mickey Mantle card…

  3. hey those were good tips.i’ll use them.

  4. thanks ill use them next time

  5. Baseball Card Boy // March 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm // Reply

    I have a Mariano Rivera signed glove from going to a game at Camden Yards.

  6. the best way is go before the game starts. pitchers are warming right near you if you go down to the sidelines. they also sign pictures and baseballs. it matters what team your visiting and how many people are there, but the chance of getting his a lot greater then during a game.
    😀

  7. I’v gone to three baseball games but not one baseball yet

  8. PlatypusGuy // August 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm // Reply

    I’m gonna try it when I am able to go to another game.

  9. qwerty like:)

  10. Thanks for the tipp, I hope it comes in handy when I go to the astros game tomorrow.

  11. M.L.B. Cubs rocks ! // July 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm // Reply

    the only time i’ve got a base ball at a mojors game was at a world series game I went to when i was younger and it seeems like the B.ball players are not givving as many b. balls as they use to. Alot of base ball addicts should read your tips. thanks again.

  12. PolarIceFreeze // July 2, 2009 at 9:35 am // Reply

    That Is Awesome Thanks For The Tip To Fellow Cub Scouts

  13. Awsome I`ve always wanted to get a major or even minor league baseball

  14. blackmage21 // June 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm // Reply

    where do they get all those baseballs anyway?

  15. NewJediMaster // June 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm // Reply

    I have been to many Major League, AA, and AAA games but I NEVER caught a ball.

  16. thanx 4 da tips ill try them if i get 2 go 2 game 2nite

  17. Thanks for the tips. I have caught 2 balls from the redsox.

  18. ColoradoRoxrock // June 25, 2009 at 9:47 am // Reply

    I read his blog and he said Kauffman stadium is good and I am going to go there this summer. Thanks for the tips. I hope I can get an Ichiro Suzuki ball because they are visiting the royals that day.

  19. next time i go to a kc royals game i will try these

  20. AUSSIE YANKEE FAN // June 18, 2009 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    ONE DAY I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A REAL BASEBALL FIELD IN AMERICA JUST SO I HAD THE CHANCE TO USE YOUR VERY USEFUL TIPS.(MAY COME IN HANDY ONE DAY) YOU JUST NEVER KNOW.

  21. ez come ez go // June 17, 2009 at 2:02 pm // Reply

    i really want to catch baseballs thanks to the tips!

  22. redsoxalltheway // June 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm // Reply

    another good tip is to go to sunday day games cause nobodys there and ur more likly to get a ball thrown to u

  23. 1# METS fan // June 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm // Reply

    I have 11 baseballs.YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. THIS IS GOOD. IVE NEVER BEEN 2 A GAME AND NEVER WILL. MY FAVORITE TEAM IS THE CLEVELAND INDIANS.

  25. I live in Sacremento and I some times Go to the River Cats games. I hope I can finaly catch a foul ball or home run.

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