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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Greinke homers twice, fans 10 in Arizona’s 8-5 win vs Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zack Greinke’s incredible night at the plate and on the mound was overshadowed somewhat after Manny Machado was involved in an unusual batter’s interference call.

Greinke hit a career-best two homers and struck out 10 in six innings to rebound from a rocky opening day, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 8-5 Tuesday night in a wild game.

Greinke (1-1) allowed two homers to Hunter Renfroe but was otherwise stellar. He was backed by homers from John Ryan Murphy, Ketel Marte and Christian Walker. Wil Myers also went deep for San Diego.

Machado was called out in the sixth inning after dropping his bat near Murphy while the Diamondbacks catcher tried to catch a popup, a disputed decision that led to Padres manager Andy Green’s ejection.

Designated hitters?

The National League doesn’t have any designated hitters.

The National League doesn’t need any designated hitters.

The National League doesn’t have to show you any stinking designated hitters!

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:26 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, homers, zack greinke

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Rob Manfred still thinks other factors contributed to rise in homers

In 2017, analysts began asking questions about the rise in home runs across baseball. Two studies were published — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchell Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by Rob Arthur for FiveThirtyEight — with each concluding that baseballs seem to have been altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season.

Commissioner Rob Manfred was disingenuous speaking about the issue, releasing a statement in July 2017 and then speaking about it to the press during the postseason in October that year. Manfred reiterated that the baseball wasn’t changed, then disingenuously claimed players, fans, and analysts were being distracted by Game 2 of the World Series, which saw the Astros and Dodgers combine to hit eight home runs. Then-Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel said the next day, “Obviously, the balls are juiced. I think they’re juiced 100 percent.” Keuchel joined fellow pitchers Justin Verlander, David Price, Brad Ziegler, Jerry Blevins, and Chris Archer among those to have spoken publicly about feeling a difference with the baseball.

MLB commissioned its own study — published on May 24, 2018 — on the rise of homers across the league. The executive summary concluded that the rise in home runs is attributable to “a decrease in the ball’s drag properties, which cause it to carry further than previously, given the same set of initial conditions—exit velocity, launch and spray angle, and spin.” Manfred acknowledged the study, saying, “I thank the committee for all of its hard work on this important issue. Based on the results of their study, I am accepting their recommendations immediately and look forward to their continued guidance in this area.”

Of course, wait just a few minutes, and Manfred will change his mind again.

QLE Posted: February 28, 2019 at 07:44 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: baseballs, homers, manfred is thinking about it, rob manfred

 

 

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