The inside of a baseball looks nothing like you'd expect

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You've surely heard baseball announcers rave about a player "hitting the cover off the ball." Rarely, if ever, does it actually happen. But it's definitely a sight to see!

Everyone is familiar with a baseball's surface -- white leather with red hand-sewn laces. But the inside? You've never seen anything like it.

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As you can see in the video above, underneath that clean white surface is actually a huge mess. Directly beneath the leather casing rests three layers of wool, which, laid out flat, would stretch hundreds of meters long.

Next up is a rubber casing, which contains a ball of solid cork. The result? This bullseye-looking thing!

A regulation play baseball cut in half. A baseball must be 9 to 9 1/4 inches in circumference and weigh 5 to 5 1/4 ounces. The c

Corked bats have been long since outlawed in pro ball. But corked baseballs? They're the only ones allowed.

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Ranking all 30 MLB stadiums

Ranking MLB stadiums
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The inside of a baseball looks nothing like you'd expect

29. Rogers Centre, Toronto Blue Jays

The only things worse than this warehouse-looking place are the metric measurements on the outfield walls.


23. Angel Stadium, Los Angeles Angels

Nothin’ like some fake rocks in center field to really set the mood for a baseball game.


22. Progressive Field, Cleveland Indians

The fact that it’s no longer Jacobs Field bumps this down at least five spots.


21. Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals

Can this place just stay out of the playoffs just once?


19. Chase Field, Arizona Diamondbacks

Center field is the deepest part of the stadium, guys. The wall doesn’t need to be that high.

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5. Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox

Relax, Fenway is definitely an amazing place to watch a game. But sitting directly behind a pole and/or facing the left-center field wall just isn’t always appealing.



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