Well, Rob Manfred, what in the actual heck do we have here?
For Major League Baseball fans out there, there are few things more thrilling than seeing the ball fly out of the park. The "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" theory exists for a reason, after all. Everyone loves homers. But in case some of you haven't been paying close attention, there's been a big difference in the pop coming off the bats in the record-setting 2019 regular season compared to the ongoing postseason-- and it's happened suddenly.
But Why? Could it be because MLB decided to change balls on us? Allow one baseball-crazed physicist to explain.
There's no questioning that the so-called "rocket ball" is what led to the 2019 home run spike. The balls themselves were clearly juiced. And there's also no question based on available data that things have most certainly turned on a dime since the playoffs got underway.
If this graph and explanation below doesn't raise your eye brows to the moon, then I'm not sure what will. The evidence is right in front of us all to take note of in this case.
It stands to reason: less drag on a baseball means it will fly further. More drag means fewer dingers. And right now, the drag suddenly went through the roof immediately as the playoffs started.
Yup, something sure is fishy here. Would MLB as an organization really switch up the very structure of its baseballs like this? While it would seem unlikely, you can't deny the changes we've seen on the field over the last few weeks. The numbers just don't lie here.
Is the "juiced ball" really no more? We need an explanation here, and we need it fast.