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Monday, September 30, 2019

MLB finishes with 6,776 homers, 11% above previous record

NEW YORK (AP) — Major league batters finished with 6,776 home runs, shattering the previous record of 6,105 set two years ago.

Dominic Smith hit the final long ball of the season, a three-run drive in the 11th inning Sunday off Atlanta’s Grant Dayton that lifted the New York Mets over the NL East champion Braves 7-6.

Oakland’s Steven Piscotty started the barrage on March 20 in Tokyo against Seattle’s Marco Gonzales, the sixth batter of the season.

This year’s total was 11% above the old record and 21% higher than last year’s 5,585.

That was the season that was- and here are the numbers that go with it.

QLE Posted: September 30, 2019 at 12:56 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, home run spike, milestones, numbers

Friday, September 27, 2019

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred: ‘We Need To Make A Change To The Baseball’

With the massive increase in the number of home runs, could changes be coming to baseballs used in Major League Baseball and the Minors for the upcoming season? That was a question I asked MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred as part of an exclusive interview for Forbes.

To date there have been 6,590 home runs in MLB; a new single-season record, and the home run rate in Triple-A, where the MLB baseball has been used, was up 50% for the season. For more than two years, the league has addressed questions from not only the media, but pitchers about changes to the construction of baseballs that have been partly attributed to a spike in the number of home runs in the game. The league gathered a group of scientists that examined the ball as part of the increase in home runs starting in 2015. The league’s report showed that at least part of the increase was due to reduced drag on the ball. Additional research by Dr. Meredith Wills showed that changes to the lace thickness has created a rounder baseball as a likely reason for the change in drag.

Manfred said that the league is going back and taking another look at the baseballs.

“We have reconvened the group of scientists that worked with us before [on the initial study],” he said. “We’ve asked them to take a fresh look at everything that is occurring with the baseball. We expect to get this new report shortly after the World Series.”

Given what we know about Manfred’s decision-making processes, I wouldn’t get our hopes up…..

 

QLE Posted: September 27, 2019 at 12:07 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, juiced baseballs, manfred is thinking about it

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

A’s legend Mark McGwire has enjoyed watching power surge in baseball

OAKLAND—Much has been made of the massive home run totals across Major League Baseball this year, with several teams—including the A’s—setting franchise for most homers in a season.

In fact, the league itself set a record earlier this month, with nearly three weeks still remaining in the season.

Former A’s star Mark McGwire, who hit more than a few home runs in his day, weighed in on this year’s power surge across baseball.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “Obviously, there’s a difference (with the baseballs), but I don’t think that’s the only thing. Guys are throwing harder and guys are getting used to hitting velo(city). Guys are getting bigger and the way they’re generating bat speed, the ball’s coming in and when it hits it goes. There are a lot of factors. Maybe the ball has something to do with it. Some of these games I watch, I feel like I want to put a uniform on and go out there and play.”

Rather than face the (potentially) terrifying truth about the long-term consequences of this shift, turns out he’d rather watch people hit some dingers.

 

QLE Posted: September 24, 2019 at 01:10 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, mark mcgwire

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Twins set MLB record as 5th player reaches 30-home run mark

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have set another major league home run record, becoming the first team in history to have five players go deep 30 or more times in one season.

Miguel Sanó gave the Twins the all-time mark with his 30th homer, a three-run shot to the third deck in left field off Chicago White Sox left-hander Ross Detwiler on Tuesday night. Nelson Cruz (37), Max Kepler (36), Eddie Rosario (31) and Mitch Garver (30) all made it before Sanó.

Something to add to our collection of notes on the effects of the rabbit ball this season.

QLE Posted: September 18, 2019 at 12:48 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, twins

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Triple-A homers increased by nearly 60% this season thanks to the juiced baseball

Minor league broadcaster and writer Tim Hagerty tweeted last night that the now-concluded Triple-A season absolutely shattered its all-time home run record. Last year there were 3,652 homers in the top minor league. This year: 5,749. The only significant difference between this year and last year: the introduction of the major league ball to the minors.

As Jayson Stark of The Athletic notes this morning, that number includes a 59 percent increase in homers in the Pacific Coast League over last year and a 57 percent increase in the International League.  Stark talks with a baseball executive who tells him that, from a development perspective, the PCL has now become essentially useless, and they are sending prospects to Double-A instead because the juiced ball is preventing clubs from accurately assessing players.

Something I can testify to from firsthand witnessing- and probably will have more data on in the next couple of days.

 

QLE Posted: September 04, 2019 at 12:29 AM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, home run spike, juiced baseballs, triple a

Friday, August 30, 2019

Twins break MLB record for home runs on road

CHICAGO—The Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs on the road in a season, hitting three in Thursday’s 10-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox to lift their total to 141 away from home.

Jake Cave went deep twice, including a leadoff shot in the third against Dylan Cease that gave Minnesota 139 homers on the road, eclipsing the previous mark of 138 set by San Francisco in 2001.

C.J. Cron, the Twins’ next batter, followed with a drive to center to give Minnesota back-to-back homers in the third.

Cave added a shot in the seventh for his second career multihomer game, increasing the Twins’ overall total to 261, which leads the majors and already is the third most in a season in MLB history. The record for homers in a season (267) was set last year by the New York Yankees. The 1997 Seattle Mariners hit 264.

Exhibit #413 involving the excesses of the home run spike this season, ladies and gentlemen.

 

QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:04 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: home run derby, home runs, twins

 

 

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