Whether the balls are juiced or not, the timing between Manfred wanting more offensive production and the rapid increase in home runs throughout the league is quite interesting, to say the least.
During an appearance earlier this week on ESPN Radio, Manfred acknowledged that scientists studying the baseball have noted it has "a little less drag" through the air this season. Big-league hitters are on pace to hit nearly 6,700 homers this season, about 600 more than the record set in 2017.
Our All-Star crew breaks down the wide range of circumstances surrounding MLB juiced balls, including the league's transparency and the possibility that what's happening to the baseball is beyond the league's control.
"Baseball has done nothing, given no direction for an adjustment in the baseball", Manfred told reporters Tuesday.
At the current pace, Major League Baseball is on target to record 6,668 home runs this year, almost 1,100 more than last season, and 500 more than the all-time record of 6,105.
Astros ace Justin Verlander came out publicly to criticize the league for "juiced" baseballs. "Major League Baseball is turning the game into a joke". It could be good, overall, but we'll have to see how it plays out. It's totally reasonable to think Bud Selig had decreed Cleveland would do the honors before Manfred came into power. "It's not coincidence. We're not idiots".
"There's no desire among ownership to increase homers in the game".
"We think one of the things that may be happening is they're getting better at centering the pill, [which] creates less drag", Manfred continued. Despite this ruling which was made to restore a more equitable balance between the bat and the ball, large scores built on six hitting are still the norm in T20 games. That would be 19% above last year's 5,558 and 9% over the record 6,105 hit in 2017. That record likely will be obliterated by the time the 2019 campaign comes to a close if the current pace continues in the second half of the season.
"I may actually have facilitated that meeting", Cole said.
"Verlander went the hardest, calling the current balls a "(expletive) joke" and saying he completely believes Major League Baseball tweaked ball construction in order to improve offense.
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"We are interested in re-establishing a competitive environment", Clark said.
Following a series of foul balls that injured fans, Major League Baseball mandated ahead of the 2018 season that netting extend to the far end of each dugout. Verlander points out that Manfred is trying to influence more offense in the game by owning ball manufacturer Rawlings who produces the ball. "If in fact Tony has an idea about how he wants to make that process different, we've told him - and so I'm willing to say it here - you need to tell us what mechanisms you think will address your concerns about the market".
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