What are everyone's thoughts on the Rawlings baseballs? Last year at one of the state board meetings before the season, a few teams/leagues brought up the fact that they didn't like the balls. The state board wanted specific reasons why before they would think about canceling the contract with Rawlings for the state tourney.
Our league switched to the Rawlings baseball last season and is debating about going back to Diamond this year. Seems like the Rawlings don't hold up well. We have diamonds in our BP bucket that are 2 years old that are in better shape than Rawlings balls used for 1 game.
the official baseball of the MBA is the Rawlings OLB ball. On the official Rawlings pricelist, it lists the baseball under Junior League Baseballs. The price is nice, the quality is not where it needs to be for the level of play for League Games, Regional Tournaments, and State Tournaments. This is ball is not even categorized as a High School Game Ball from Rawlings, which would be the RNFHS
JUNIOR LEAGUE BASEBALLS Model Description ROLB Official League Tournament Grade Baseball
Last Edit: Dec 23, 2015 10:06:05 GMT -6 by ajhadley3
Rawlings makes a bunch of flat seamed baseballs, and yes, they do have better qualities out there. but obviously it comes down to $$$ and what you are willing to pay. and in most cases, the state tourney hosts are looking to make the most profit possible, so the baseballs have suffered over the years. Fitzgeralds?!?! Cmon man...
Post by runninrebels28 on Dec 27, 2015 8:45:55 GMT -6
Our team has traditionally used Diamond's but we have used a fair amount of Fitzgerald's and they hold up well. As was stated by others the Rawlings balls are of lesser quality. They do not hold up as well and in my opinion feel a little cheaper even when you hold it in your hand.
Post by steventyler on Dec 31, 2015 8:06:57 GMT -6
They are not as resilient as the green diamonds or fitzgeralds but for the cost we can afford to buy a few more. I'm a big fan of the low seams and seams and if they switch I hope they don't go to another high seamed baseball.
What are you guys paying for the Rawlings? What makes me mad is that in 2011 the board established minimum standards to be used for all MBA baseballs. The baseballs that were approved were the Diamond D-1 Pro, Fitzgerald Pro-Col, and Rawlings R100. No they go accept Rawlings who is providing a lesser quality ball and they conveniently forget about their own rules. I will get you guys Fitz Pro-Col with low seam for the same or less than the Rawlings and it will be a better quality baseball. Just let me know. thanks 218 252 7172