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  • The ball WAS juiced!...

    Those who get the print edition of Sports Illustrated will find this fascinating. Starting on page 48 is a story "The Ball" that contradicts the "official" comments by MLB.

    For the past several years scientists have been getting balls surreptitiously from people in baseball and off of EBAY. These are certified game balls. A lot was done undercover because people feared for their jobs.

    The scientists took them apart, weighed each component, measured diameters and found differences from year to year but the most dramatic change came last year in 2020. They found two completely different balls which they called 2020N (for normal) and 2020L (for lighter). They were also able to break the manufacturers code found on the inside of the horsehide covering to determine exactly when each ball was made.

    It's really interesting.

    There were significant home run rates in 2020 then "suddenly" those rates dropped dramatically in the post season.

    The reason? The "normal" balls were found to be used more often then.

    Highly recommend reading it if you aren't to turned off by scientific terms.

    Quotes Justin Verlander and Andrew Miller among others including a MLB spokesman who's comments, as the story notes doesn't address the scientific findings nor really answer any questions.

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    Here's the online story — https://www.si.com/mlb/2021/02/09/ml...ve-daily-cover

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    • #3
      I thought this was proved definitively back in 2019 in a study by The Athletic?

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      • #4
        Why am I not surprised. MLB admitted that the ball was basically juiced by making an announcement that they were going to deaden the ball this coming year.
        Last edited by LITTLE NELL; 02-28-2021, 09:40 AM.
        Now coming up to bat for the White Sox is the Mighty Mite, Nelson Fox.

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        • #5
          They should have been testing balls all along.

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          • #6
            Baseball has been, to some degree, for years dismissing allegations that the ball has been juiced. It appears this story preceded a story on the MLB Web site about the longest home run recorded by every team. I don't know why that should be of any interest to anyone, but its inclusion seems to be consistent with ignoring the allegations that MLB has been been using a juiced ball out of design.

            A juiced ball negates the significance, let alone importance of any statistic that factors in power numbers, just as the shrinking strike zone makes on-base percentage an irrelevant metric without the foundation of a strong batting average.

            While the gradual changes have been intended to make more attractive to fans, they have resulted in slowing the pace of the game. It's frustrating that baseball wants to hold on to the artificial infusion of power at the cost of athleticism to the point where it is willing to change other facets of the game, such as rules pertaining to intentional walks and extra innings.

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