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Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Study reveals why the baseballs behaved differently in 2019 MLB postseason

An MLB-record 6,776 home runs were hit during the 2019 regular season, up from 5,585 in 2018, with many fly balls that had been fly outs in the past (or extra-base hits) instead sailing out of ballparks.

In addition to the baseballs during the 2019 regular season flying differently once they were hit was the fact that lower seams and a slicker surface hindered pitchers from being able to grip and/or control the baseball like they were used to.

Then came the 2019 postseason, when the balls were seemingly de-juiced.

So what happened?

A return to what the big story was before we discovered the chicanery of the Astros…...


QLE Posted: April 07, 2020 at 12:57 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: juiced baseballs, postseason

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   1. Jose Canusee Posted: April 07, 2020 at 09:45 AM (#5937218)
One would think the best time to use the "old" inventory would be in preseason games rather than postseason games but if there was a difference the pitchers would only discover it late in spring or once the regular season began.
   2. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: April 07, 2020 at 12:57 PM (#5937295)
@1, you don't know you're going to run out in the preseason. Given that they clearly had 2018 balls left over they probably figured they were pretty safe in terms of stock.

As to why MLB would hide it, they really wouldn't want anyone to know that they put their thumb on the scale, even out of necessity.
   3. jingoist Posted: April 07, 2020 at 02:17 PM (#5937325)
The Nationals didn't’ Seem to notice a difference.
I can remember a post season for a team like they had with so many clutch HRs just when they were needed.m
   4. jingoist Posted: April 07, 2020 at 02:18 PM (#5937326)
I can’t remember
   5. Walt Davis Posted: April 08, 2020 at 08:13 AM (#5937512)
#1 and #2 ... moreover they lost about 1200 more going over the wall in 2019 than they did in 2018 so if they didn't plan for that in advance ...

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