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Friday, April 19, 2019

MLB’s juiced baseball is juicing Triple-A home run totals

There has been considerable evidence amassed over the past year or two that the baseball used by Major League Baseball has a lower aerodynamic profile, leading to less drag, which leads directly to more home runs. If you doubted that at all, get a load of what is happening in Triple-A right now.

The minors have always had different balls than the majors. The MLB ball is made in Costa Rica at a Rawlings facility. The minor league balls are made in China. They use slightly different materials and, by all accounts, the minor league balls do not have the same sort of action and do not travel as far as the big league balls. Before the season, as Baseball America reported, Major League Baseball requested that Triple-A baseball switch to using MLB balls. The reason: uniformity and, one presumes, more accurate analysis of performance at the top level of the minor leagues.

So, does this mean they all ought to be put in a humidor?

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:41 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: juiced baseballs, triple a

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   1. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: April 20, 2019 at 02:05 PM (#5833760)
AAA teams have mostly played 13 or 14 games each, so I'm not quite sure that we can yet say anything definitive about anything.

That said, according to TFA players are homering once ever 32 PAs, compared to once every 43 PAs last year (and once every 47 last April). That seems like a big hop, SSS or no.

Reduce the Juice!
   2. Benji Gil Gamesh VII - The Opt-Out Awakens Posted: April 20, 2019 at 04:58 PM (#5833827)
So, does this mean they all ought to be put in a humidor?
No. But this has been obvious since the mid-season HR spike several seasons back, and they ought to just ####### acknowledge it and fix it. For all we know it would fix part of the K problem as well.
   3. Hank Gillette Posted: April 22, 2019 at 12:24 AM (#5834047)
But this has been obvious since the mid-season HR spike several seasons back, and they ought to just ####### acknowledge it and fix it. For all we know it would fix part of the K problem as well.


Wouldn’t the reduced drag also lessen the movement of breaking balls? If so, increasing the drag would make the balls break better, leading to more strikeouts.

It might also slow down the fastballs a bit, which may be what you are referring to.

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