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What's the Best Way to Catch a Baseball at a Game?

Six ways to up your odds of snagging a ball—without breaking your hand, getting kicked out, or losing your pride.
What's the Best Way to Catch a Baseball at a Game?

Good question!

To find out, we asked Zack Hample, author of Watching Baseball Smarter, who’s snagged 8,000-plus balls—like Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th career hit—at 51 different Major League stadiums. His tips:

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Check out ESPN’s Home Run Tracker for info like stadium diagrams showing where long balls land, and “scatter plots” for every MLB player.

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Reaching for a line drive barehanded isn’t macho, it’s stupid—especially if Giancarlo Stanton is batting. A glove will also boost your fielding percentage.

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Don’t sit behind any 6'8" guys also wearing gloves. At most games there are empty seats, so move to one nearby.

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Never, ever sit in the middle of a row. Mobility is key, so park yourself near a staircase or aisle—or, better yet, in a standing room section.

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Most homers are hit on the first pitch of an at-bat or when the batter’s ahead in the count, so in those cases pay close attention. Also, line drives tend to hook toward the foul line, while higher fly balls often go extra far due to backspin.

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Right-handed batters hit most of their foul balls to the first base side and their homers into the leftfield seats; lefties hit most fouls to the third base side and homers to rightfield. Choose your spot accordingly.

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