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How to snag a baseball

baseball-200×148.jpgHow 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 3,000 baseballs at 40 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.


Best: Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga. “There’s a gap between the outfield wall and the outfield stands,” Hample says. “You can snag a lot of balls that fall in the gap. Since they’re out of reach, you’ll need a special ball-snagging device tied to a string.

Worst: Yankee Stadium in New York City. “It’s the most crowded stadium in baseball, and security is strict — you can’t get down to the dugouts before the game like you can in most ballparks.”

For more tips, check out Hample’s Web site at

10 Comments on How to snag a baseball

  1. It is cool

  2. good tips

  3. awesomeboss // March 21, 2009 at 8:14 pm // Reply

    the only ball i’ve caught is at my local team

  4. cool thanks for the great tip

  5. MagicMocha // March 18, 2009 at 2:43 pm // Reply

    We got several balls from our tripple A team. Cub scouts got to sleep on the field in tents and there were lots of balls stuck at the bottom of the fence.

  6. Here I come. Look out baseball

  7. good tips

  8. Astrosfan123 // July 7, 2008 at 11:10 am // Reply

    thank you for the tips!

  9. Spider Man // May 28, 2008 at 7:06 pm // Reply

    Now I’ll be prepared when I ho to a ball game.

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