The commissioner of Major League Baseball has initiated a new revenue
enhancement policy beginning this season. It has been a long time tradition
that fans may keep any foul balls they catch as souvenirs. Beginning with the
2011 season, foul balls must be purchased before leaving Major League baseball
parks. They can be returned if the fans do not want to pay the cost of the
balls, which is $9 each. To track foul balls, an electronic chip similar to
those planted under the skin of pets for identification purposes has been woven
into the balls used by Major League teams. Once paid for, the chips are
This policy is expected to greatly increase revenue to the Major Leagues, as 5
or more balls might be fouled off during one at bat by a skilled hitter.
Multiply this by 162 games per team and you can see the astronomic cost to the
American and National League teams.
The committee that worked on, and finalized this revenue enhancement sincerely
hopes that fans will understand the reasoning behind this new policy, and teams
are strongly encouraged to increase the number of promotional advertising
events such as bat nights, T-Shirt day, and other such crowd drawing events to
increase the number of fans that attend Major League baseball games during the
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