MLB denies juicing baseballs amid home run surge

American League starting pitcher Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros address the media at the All Star media day in Cleveland on Monday

American League starting pitcher Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros address the media at the All Star media day in Cleveland on Monday

But the concept of juicing the baseballs, which always been suspected and accepted for the HRD, has made its way into the realm of the regular season.

On one side, you have American League All-Star starting pitcher Justin Verlander, who believes the baseballs are juiced this season.

The accusation that the league has somehow "juiced" the balls has been roiling the league since 2015 when hits started climbing exponentially.

Major League Baseball (MLB) has announced the launch of its first ever venture into esports with a tournament in China set to feature eight teams competing on the U.S. organisation's official title, MLB: The Show. A lot of them have been solo home runs. He surmised that baseballs have been "juiced" or altered because they are manufactured by an MLB-owned company.

Speaking in a conference room at the Ritz hotel, down the street from Progressive Field, where the 2019 All-Star Game was set to be played later in the night, MLB Players Association leader Tony Clark said he believes the balls are different and that MLB hasn't given the association a good reason why. He told ESPN that he thinks MLB is engineering the home run surge by juicing the baseballs. "I had Sandy Alderson, who was then the head of baseball operations, and he went around he went to Haiti, went everywhere trying to figure out whether the ball was juiced and we never found any evidence that it was". We all know what happened.

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Former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on Justin Verlander's allegations that the MLB is "juicing" baseballs for more offense, the future of the MLB and the potential growth for the sport internationally. "It's not coincidence. We're not idiots".

Other than less drag, Verlander pointed to the seams as a major change in the ball - with lowered seams, pitchers have to put more pressure on the baseballs when they pitch. "They know how to do it".

Manfred said the league has hired an independent team of researchers to figure out what's going on with the ball and they said the problem is that the current ball is creating less drag than its predecessors.

He does raise some great points, and it's fair to wonder if the balls really are being juiced. "There's no desire among ownership to increase homers in the game, to the contrary they are concerned about how many we have". "You don't want to, but I think we all have our suspicions". "How you manipulate a human-dominated handmade manufacturing process in any consistent way, it's a smarter human being than I".

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