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Baseball: Made In Costa Rica

Baseball is said to be America's favourite past time. And for Major League Baseball (MLB) it all starts in Costa Rica, for that is where the balls used in the game are made, for every baseball comes with a Rawlings logo, the official maker of MLB baseballs in a plant located in Turrialba, a 90 minute ride from San Josť.

It is at the Turrialba plant that the pink-coloured combinations of rubber and cork are transformed into the red-stitched leather balls in all major league parks.
 
Rawlings set up shop in Costa Rica in 1987 when political strife in Haiti prompted the company to consider relocating. Rawlings shopped around, choosing Costa Rica, at a time when Oscar Arias who was then in his first term as president and just having received the Nobel Peace Prize.

The company, in making its choice, saw that Costa Rica had a committed workforce and a growing economy.

Although it is hard to find a baseball field or a game outside of the Sabana park in San Josť, Costa Ricans have embraced the creation of the baseball, which is are used miles away and many countries in between.

Each weekday some 700 employees at the Rawlings plant create the balls, as well as other Rawlings apparel. Some employees have been at the plant for 20 years or more.

The Rawling Turrialba plant produces some 50.000 baseballs weekly, each person averaging 150 balls a week or 30 per day.


 








 
 
 
 
 

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