Astros Pitcher and All-Star of the American League Justin Verlander is convinced that the constant rise in home runs of baseball is not only the result of more aerodynamic baseball, but also the result of a baseball that was intentionally juiced during manufacture, to accomplish this create more insult. Verlander told ESPN on Monday that the ball was "a joke" and "it's no coincidence" that the ball is now continuing to fly as its maker owns Major League Baseball.
"It's a joke Major League Baseball makes this game a joke You own Rawlings and you have Manfred up here, who says it might be the way they're centering the pill, you own the starting company If another company worth $ 40 billion has bought up a $ 400 million business and the product has changed dramatically, we can not tell what happened, we all know what happened When he came in the first time, what did he say? He said we want more insult, suddenly he comes in, the eggs are juiced? It's no coincidence, we're not idiots. "
Asked if he believes the balls were deliberately juiced by the league, Verlander said: "Yes, 100 percent, they used forever juiced balls in the Home Run Derby, you know how to do it, it's no coincidence, I really do hard to believe that the Major League Own baseball team Rawlings and steal the balls at random. "
Verlander does not err without assigning an intention to the ball. Part of baseball's performance boost is based on a more aerodynamic ball." This requires no conspiracy. "Various physical changes to the ball were observed and measured – you should Very cool examination of the ball by Dr. Meredith Wills for The Athletic read – and the head of the Home Run totals is so clear that Manfred himself was forced to admit that the Neuer Ball probably generates less drag in the flight, Manfred said in June That Rawlings did not change his manufacturing process "in any significant way," but as Wills demonstrates, changes that make the ball more aerodynamic might not be considered "significant" to a layman – things like seams that are lower by a few Millimeter or leather that is just a bit smoother. Stack several meaningless changes They have a ball that behaves differently in the air and not just off the shelf.
Major League Baseball actually owns Rawlings, but they bought Rawlings last summer. After MLB was already more than two years in the current top of the Ding-sums. This somewhat thwarts the idea that the balls were "suddenly" juiced after MLB took control of their production. On the other hand, maybe Manfred and MLB influenced the design specifications of game balls before the league bought Rawlings? If you think the ball was intentionally juiced, the fact that Manfred served as Commissioner a few months before the 2015 season and the total number of things increased by 701 last season is convincing evidence of his influence. The purchase of Rawlings is not necessary to substantiate the theory that Manfred and MLB wanted a ball that flies easier.
Understanding that the ball is different, one will answer the question of whether baseball wants it so important to put the performance of modern players in a reasonable historical context, which makes up a larger part of baseball than the other North American professional sports. No one is annoyed at the changes that are making football today a completely different sport than it was 60 years ago, or at the way that changes in the rules of the game and the field of play inflate the statistical results of modern NBA players compared to today have emptied earlier epochs. This is a sensitive issue for MLB, which has long argued that improvements that make the game more interesting to fans are destroying perversions. For example, Verlander believes that a flying ball makes baseball "a joke," and he's certainly not alone. Never before has punching in the strike direction been so daunting that teams routinely override their defense with only occasional negative consequences, and the Baltimore Orioles are a bunch of garbage. But the new, more aerodynamic ball is undoubtedly part of the equation. As this equation is better understood, it will probably be easier to make changes required to return baseball to an earlier repetition of itself. It will not then ask how the ball was juiced, but whether baseball in 2019 reflects the preferences of those responsible. The ball may have been accidentally juiced but may intentionally remain so.