108 stitches in total but, only 106 visible.
118 at least that hows many I counted XD
There are 108 double stiches on a baseball double stiches look like this \ /. but individual stiches there would be 216.
There are 108 double stiches and 216 stiches altogether.
6 stiches per inch
196 108 Baseball +88 Softball 196 Total
so you can see the ball! The stithces are red since the ball is white and it helps the batter realize what pitch is comming so he can see the seems easier I think a better answer would be 'just because.' Stitches have been different colors over the years. Obviously the raised stitches help pitchers control the ball better (fast, change, breaking, etc) but I don't think the reason is to 'help the batters identify the pitch.' (The stitches do do that.) The ball is made white so you can see it (as a batter). Doesn't have anything to do with the stitches. (Check out the centerfield seats in any stadium. They are black, or dark, to contrast against the white ball. Also pitchers cannot wear anything white or with contrasting colors on their throwing arm, so as not to draw the batter's eye away from the ball.)
108 double stitches or 216 stitches
You can go swimming 24hours after you have had the stiches removed.