Is MLB ‘juicing’ baseballs? | The Tylt
The spike in home runs at the major-league level has many questioning whether the balls have been altered to allow more big hits. MLB is on pace to crush the league-wide home run record, despite players being routinely tested for performance enhancing drugs. However, the league has denied such claims. What do you think? 💉 ⚾
Is MLB ‘juicing’ baseballs?
MLB players are on pace to hit the most cumulative home runs in major league history. There is something suspicious going on.
While the players themselves could be using steroids again, it is unlikely because of the routine testing and harsh penalties. With interest waning the last few years during the pitcher era, it wouldn't be surprising to think the league might alter baseballs to allow for more home runs and generate more fan interest. Making the balls harder, and making the seams tighter are simple ways to reduce drag and increase exit velocity off the bat, resulting in longer hit balls.
How else could you explain Scooter Gennett, who averaged under nine home runs a year, hitting four home runs in a game? The balls are juiced.
Mann is such a liar.— JB (@JustBaseball25) July 6, 2017
These balls are so juiced it makes ARod look innocent.
There is no conspiracy here. Baseball doesn't need juiced balls for talented players to hit home runs.
MLB released a memo stating they tested the balls at University of Massachusetts-Lowell Baseball Research Center and found no evidence of any tampering. Say what you will about the league, but they backed up their claim by going to an independent institution.
Pitchers like to make up excuses for why people are hitting off of them. Maybe they should worry about their pitching location rather than the size, and bounce of the ball. The balls are the same as they ever were. There is no juicing of any kind.
Not juiced balls. Players trying to hit ball in air to beat infield shifts. They striking out more too. They also focusing on launch angle— Jeff Snow (@PhoenixGolf55) July 1, 2017