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Old 05-13-2022, 11:05 PM
 
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There has been a lot of discussion over the new baseballs that MLB is using. Ever since foreign substances have been reported, there has been a lot of opinions about the texture and similar things.

As a result of doing research, I have many questions that revolve around this subject.

1. Why did MLB change the baseballs for this season. What exactly did change about them? What is different this year?

2. Some baseballs have been stored in a humidor. What effect does this have on the pitch?

3. What did MLB want when they changed the equipment? What was their goal?

4. What is your opinion on using pine tar to pitch?

5. There have been a lot of batters hit, not intentionally, just as a result of the new baseball. Why is this occurring?

I didn’t ask these in any particular order. Just want to know what the motive behind this was.

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Old 05-14-2022, 07:19 AM
 
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MLB has been doctoring the baseball for years. Yet when it's exposed, they'll come up with an excuse. This year is no exception. Manfred wants the game time shorten. So we've seen a turn back to the dead ball area. We've seen the balls juiced during the McGwire/Sosa homerun record chase.

In my opinion, they're pandering to the casual fans. So they'll do whatever they can to keep them.
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Old 05-17-2022, 06:42 AM
 
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I stopped asking questions about baseballs when nobody could answer this one:

As a junior high school science project, why can't they drop baseballs off a step-ladder on the gym floor and see how high they bounce?
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Old 06-15-2022, 07:19 PM
 
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There has been a lot of discussion over the new baseballs that MLB is using. Ever since foreign substances have been reported, there has been a lot of opinions about the texture and similar things.

As a result of doing research, I have many questions that revolve around this subject.

1. Why did MLB change the baseballs for this season. What exactly did change about them? What is different this year?


3. What did MLB want when they changed the equipment? What was their goal?
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Past couple years, rumors were that the balls were "juiced", meaning they bounced off bats with more resiliency, and flew further than norms established over previous decades. So, for this season the cord windings inside the ball have less tension, causing them to have less resiliency. Flying, according to some, about 5-15 leet less on a long drive, than the balls they replaced.

Rumor has it they understand that they went overboard and a "tweener" replacement is in the works
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