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by: Esteban On  Friday, March 2, 2018

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Last year MLB players smacked 6,105 dingers at a rate of 1.26 per game. That didn’t just break the all-time record. It annihilated it. The previous mark, set back in 2000 during the height of the steroid era, was 5,693 home runs.

As a result of the surge, which even saw pitchers crushing moon shoots, a lot of them said the balls had to be juiced. However, MLB insisted over and over again that this was not the case.

Now there’s new scientific evidence that suggest MLB was probably lying.

As reported by ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, a study conducted by the Keck School of Medicine and the University of Southern California found that the chemical properties and density of baseballs used since 2016 are different from those used up until 2015.

The study analyzed eight baseballs: four from 2015 or earlier, four from 2016 or later. It found that the cores of the balls used since 2016 were less dense and thus weighed half a gram less than those used until 2015. As a result, the study found that the balls used now are bouncier and travel 5 to 8.5 feet further on average.

These results help explain the observation made last June by The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh, who found that balls were coming off the bat 0.6 mph faster than they used to.

After the new findings were reported on Thursday, Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander tweeted out a pair of graphs showing the relation between launch angle, hit exit speed, and home runs. The difference between 2014 and 2017 is clear as day. A lot of contact that was not a home run in 2014 was a home run in 2017.


Verlander later tweeted that he’s not really mad that the balls are juiced, but he is pissed that MLB lied about it.

Of course, it is possible that MLB didn’t realize the balls were different. But if that is the case it means they didn’t thoroughly investigate the surge in home runs, which in turn means they are incompetent.

So it’s pretty much a lose-lose for MLB on the PR front.

Hat Tip – [theScore]