For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Reno, Nev.- The first game balls of the season were put into the new baseball humidor today to be ready for Opening Day at Aces Ballpark on April 3.
The humidor, which was installed in the offseason, can store more than 200 dozen baseballs and is located behind the center field wall near the umpire room.
Game balls need to be stored in the humidor for at least two weeks before being "first pitch" ready. Once baseballs are rubbed with mud and ready for game use, they need to be put back in the humidor for at least two days before the start of the game.
The humidor is set to 70 degrees and 50 percent humidity in order to ensure that baseballs remain at optimal playing condition. Balls kept in high-altitude, low-humidity conditions tend to dry out and lose mass, making it easier for batters to hit the ball further. The humidor will ensure this does not happen and that balls maintain their original size.
The Aces kick off the 2014 season at home on April 3 by hosting the El Paso Chihuahuas, the newest Pacific Coast League franchise. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. Discounted full and partial season tickets are on sale now. For more information, and to purchase an Aces ticket plan, call (775) 334-4700. For up-to-date news and notes throughout the offseason, visit www.RenoAces.com, follow the club on Twitter (@aces) or like the team on Facebook.