Book update No. 6 — questions for Rawlings
I’ve been working like a maniac on my new book. (This winter, if you don’t hear from me for days at a time, that’s why.) I’ve written about 41,000 words overall, and I recently interviewed a retired ballhawk who snagged 112 lifetime game home runs. This guy never-ever spoke to the media, so it’s pretty cool that a) he was willing to share his story with me and b) that I was even able to find him in the first place.
I’m getting ready to write a section about the Rawlings baseball factory in Costa Rica, and about all the different steps in the manufacturing/testing process. I’ve been talking to some folks at the commissioner’s office, and just today I briefly spoke to someone at Rawlings who offered to answer all my questions.
What I want to know from you is: if you were in my position and you could ask anything you wanted about baseballs, what would it be? How many baseballs are manufactured every year? Who designs the commemorative logos? How are the balls stored in the Missouri warehouse before being shipped out to the teams? C’mon, help me out. Unload your questions on me. Give me some ideas. Don’t be shy. Get crazy and creative and help me add to my own mega-list of things to ask.
I’ve done a LOT of research, so don’t bother sending me links to articles about the factory or the balls. I guarantee you that I’ve read all of it. If you want to read that stuff on your own, fine, but keep in mind that a lot of it is out of date. That’s one reason why I’m glad to be in touch with Rawlings — so I can fact-check and get all the updated info as the book is getting ready to go off to print.
In other/related news, one of my contacts at MLB said that around the second week of January, he should be able to provide me with a list of every commemorative ball that will be used in 2010. Remember those “video game” balls that were being used briefly during BP at Citi Field this past season? He even knows about those. I got the full explanation, and if they ARE going to be manufactured and used again, I’ll hopefully get the inside scoop.
That’s it for now. For previous book updates, see below…