Here’s how one Costa Rican factory hand makes millions of baseballs for the Major Leagues.
Every spring, as temperatures begin to rise and flowers start to bloom, baseball fans across the country start counting down to Opening Day. Baseball is often referred to as our national pastime, so it might come as a surprise to many that baseballs are not manufactured in the United States, but in Costa Rica.
Approximately 600,000 baseballs are used by Major League Baseball (MLB) teams over the course of a season, and a single factory in Costa Rica makes more than two million balls a year to ensure that every game is well supplied. Wondering how MLB manages to source and distribute these balls so seamlessly, year after year? We’ll walk you through baseball’s supply chain and trace each ball’s progress, from Costa Rica to Fenway Park and Wrigley Field.