How to Dry Waterlogged Baseballs

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The hide, stitches, yarn and cork that make up a baseball weigh approximately five ounces; the perfect weight for the high-velocity game. Throwing and hitting a heavier, waterlogged ball is dangerous and could lead to injury. And while you may dry a waterlogged ball's cover to the touch, the ball will remain heavy and unplayable. Separate waterlogged baseballs that you've dried and reserve them for low-velocity, non-throwing exercises like soft toss.

Cook the Baseballs

  • If you live in an arid part of the country, you may be able to dry the balls by leaving them out in a dark place, such as a garage. Placing them in direct sunlight will shrink the hide of the ball, giving the ball a harder, papery feel. Or you can heat an oven to 180 degrees. Place the balls on the middle oven rack and bake for four to five hours. Baking them at a relatively low temperature will prevent shrinkage.

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