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In the MLB, umpires will bring in a new ball at their discretion. Pitchers may ask the umpire for a new ball because they don't like the current ball, or are stalling a bit.

Umpires try to keep the game fair and balls get dirty with use and harder to see. They may also get nicked up when hit or when the hit the catcher's gear.

These days, umpires will replace a ball if it's thrown in the dirt by the pitcher. It may stay in play longer on outs made in the field longer.

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