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Friday, June 10, 2022

MLB Testing Pre-Tacked Baseballs In Double-A This Season

Major League Baseball has been testing a pair of tacky substances in the Texas and Southern Leagues — two of the three Double-A levels — during the season, reports Evan Drellich of the Athletic. It’s the continuation of ongoing league efforts to find an improved grip substance for pitchers.

Drellich provides a breakdown of the experiment. For the first two months of the year, a substance from one of two different manufacturers has been applied to the baseballs. The league is now pivoting to treating the balls with mud, the standard process used at the MLB level, as a control group. That control testing will be with the standard Major League ball, which is different than the ball typically used up through Double-A. The second manufacturer’s substance will be tested at some point later in the year.

The testing in Double-A comes on the heels of other fairly recent experiments about applying a universal grip enhancer to the ball. Baseball America reported last September that MLB would introduce a pre-tacked prototype ball in certain Triple-A games late in the 2021 season, and Drellich writes that one of the substances currently under consideration was first introduced during last year’s Arizona Fall League. Commissioner Rob Manfred has previously expressed support for the possibility of a pre-tacked ball eventually being implemented at the major league level.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 10, 2022 at 12:07 AM | 8 comment(s)
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Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Bumgarner ejected after puzzling exchange with ump

ne of the D-backs’ most steady starters, three-time World Series champion Madison Bumgarner was ejected from the series finale against the Marlins on Wednesday after the first inning.

Bumgarner had to be held back by two coaches, a teammate and manager Torey Lovullo after he appeared to enter a heated exchange with first-base umpire Dan Bellino following a sticky substance check and the final out of the inning. During the exchange, Bellino appeared to check Bumgarner’s hand manually but without breaking eye contact with the starter. The content of the exchange was unclear. Bumgarner had seemed to take issue with at least one ball/strike call during the inning.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 04, 2022 at 02:08 PM | 67 comment(s)
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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Chris Bassitt rips MLB after New York Mets suffer 3 more HBPs: ‘They don’t care’

New York Mets right-hander Chris Bassitt expressed frustration and concern for his teammates after three more Mets batters were plunked in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, raising the team’s major league leading total to 18.

Bassitt blamed the baseballs, which he says are “all different.”

“It’s extremely annoying to see your teammates constantly get hit, and if you get hit by certain pitches it is what it is, but to get hit in the head the amount that we’re getting hit is unbelievable,” Bassitt said. “I had some close calls tonight, and I’ve been hit in the face [by a line drive] and I don’t want to do that to anybody ever, but MLB has a very big problem with the baseballs. They’re bad. Everyone in the league knows it. Every pitcher knows it. They’re bad.

“They don’t care. MLB doesn’t give a damn about it. They don’t care. We’ve told them our problems with them, and they don’t care.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 27, 2022 at 09:21 AM | 21 comment(s)
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