Baseballs not juiced, but decreased drag puzzling, MLB commissioner says

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

One of the most obvious examples of an increase in home runs is the Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell, who hit 12 past year and will take 27 into the resumption of the season Friday in Chicago's Wrigley Field. "If you sat in owners meeting and listen to people on how the game is played, that is not a sentiment of owners for whom I work".

"We think one of the things that may be happening is they're getting better at centering the pill, [which] creates less drag", Manfred continued.

Verlander, 36, went a step further when asked if he believed Major League Baseball intentionally juiced baseballs to increase home runs and offense across the league. Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is not thrilled with uptick in dingers, and believes it's a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top.

"It's a f-ing joke", Verlander said, via ESPN's Jeff Passan.

While the owners say publicly that they want to compete, too many are refusing to show they want to compete financially by putting the best product on the field. The fact that home runs are at insane historic highs and MLB owns Rawlings the company that manufactures the baseball should be eye-opening! It could be good, overall, but we'll have to see how it plays out.

Manfred would also claim that if MLB ever decided to make strategic changes to the baseballs, it would be announced first. "It's not coincidence. We're not idiots".

Extending protective netting down foul lines is a ballpark-to-ballpark decision because of differing configurations, according to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Major League Baseball players have hit 3,691 home runs through the first half of the 2019 season and are on pace to hit 6,669 home runs for the full year. In the article, Arthur provided preliminary mathematical data whilst pointing out that the ball had returned to its aerodynamic peak and was performing as in 2017 when several home run records were set.

Controversy surrounding modified baseballs sprung up after the 2015 All-Star break, when home runs spiked.

"I understand the dynamic has existed for a long time", Clark said. Initially, this increase in home run hitting was linked to the Steroid Era (1993 - 2002), but as Major League Baseball's drug testing programme was enforced, attention shifted to the ball.

"That dynamic changes the perception and it changes the direct input that can be offered with respect to that piece of equipment, and it just happens to be one of the most important", Clark said. The Rays are averaging about 15,500 fans per home game, 29th in the major leagues and ahead of only the Miami Marlins. "I think there's something up with the ball". Stroman claimed "it's clear" that the balls are juiced, and that he came to terms with it.

If you want to say the past 25 years is a poor choice in sample, I guess then you're going to have a bit of a different perspective.