Puerto Rico League Baseball

So, once again, Ryan Rowland-Smith has proved himself to be an extremely cool guy.

RRS is currently down in Puerto Rico playing winter ball for the Leones de Ponce trying to prove himself to the MLB teams and earn himself a 2012 contract.  I was thinking about the concept of a pitcher using winter ball to help find his way onto a Major League roster and a question quickly leapt to mind:  “What is the Puerto Rico League baseball like?”

A few years ago, the thought would never have crossed my mind.  But a while back I bought a case of the official FeMeBe (Mexican League) baseballs at my local Rawlings store.  Their texture and feel is so different than an Official MLB ball that I could see it impacting a pitcher’s effectiveness or technique.  I’m not a pitcher so I really have no idea if the FeMeBe has an real impact on pitchers…but the idea got me thinking about the Puerto Rico League baseballs RRS is hoping will help him propel himself back into the Majors.  What are they like?

So I took to Twitter in hopes that I could find out some information by going straight to the source.  I sent a tweet RRS’s way…and he sent one right back:

And sure enough, a few days later RRS delivered:

 

Cool, eh?  [And, come on, RRS, no need to apologize!]

The baseball looks very similar to an MLB baseball, and very different than the FeMeBe baseballs.  Let’s hope these little pearls help RRS land himself back in a Major League uniform in 2012, preferrably a Mariners uniform!

7 Comments

The universalness of baseball is great. Think of the power and strength the game has to be played all over the world with the same ball, bat, field, and glove. It’s also pretty awesome you were able to connect with RRS via Twitter.
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It looks like that balls has the seams raised to almost the height of a high school baseball. I just wonder how it must be like to switch back and forth from that to the MLB ball with much lower seams for the players who play in these leagues every Winter.
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Ryan Rowland-Smith has got to be the nicesr dude in the Major Leagues. Well, you know what I mean. Anyway, nice job on the blog. Any plans to head back to Seattle in ’12?

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BENNY, THE BREWER FAN-
Yep. Its pretty great…baseball that is. RRS is pretty accessible on Twitter. We’ve met him a number of times at games and he’s proven time and again to be a great guy.

MATEO-
Right on. That’s one of the things I was wondering about that lead me to ask him about the ball.

WAYNE-
I’m not sure why, but it made me “approve” your comment so I hadn’t seen it yet. Anyway, agreed. Hopefully RRS will be back in MLB in 2012. As to your question, I plan to head back to Safeco every season.

Where can i purchase a purteo rican and a mexican league baseball

JOE-
Sorry, but I have no clue. I got the Mexican League baseballs are the Rawlings outlet store at the Reading, PA VF outlets. But I haven’t seen them there for a couple years. I’ve never seen the Puerto Rico balls for sale. Maybe you can find them online?? Good luck!

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