Some Major League baseball players are known to wear necklaces simply as decorative jewelry, but in the early 2010s, many players began wearing similar necklaces called Phitens. Some players believe these necklaces improve their athletic performance.
Phiten, the company that makes the necklaces, was founded in 1982 by a Japanese alternative medicine practitioner, Yoshihiro Hirata. Spokespersons from Phiten have explained that titanium is converted into what they call Aqua Titanium and infused into their necklaces. With little scientific evidence to support its claims, Phiten has said that the Aqua Titanium stimulates biological electric currents in a person's body and increases movement and agility. Though the claims are not validated, baseball players have long been known to be a superstitious group, collectively, which may contribute to the necklaces' popularity.Learn More
Baseball chants are often shouted by team members on the bench and include rhyming or repetitive phrases such as "We need a single, just a little single," or "We need a double, just a little double." They may be encouraging and motivational, like the examples above, or else taunts and brags, such as "Whattayagot?" or "I got a team that's hotter than hot!"Full Answer >
The mass of a baseball is about 145 grams or approximately 5.11 ounces. According to the Major League Baseball website, an official baseball cannot weigh less than 5 ounces or more than 5.25 ounces.Full Answer >
A baseball has three basic components. These consist of a cushioned cork and rubber casing at its core, wool and poly/cotton yarn surrounding the core, and a cowhide cover over the exterior of the ball.Full Answer >
In baseball and softball, an RBI is a "run batted in," and a batter receives one when a player scores after he is credited with a hit. Batters also receive one upon drawing a walk with the bases loaded.Full Answer >