Thursday, August 6, 2020

The MLB file: they've juiced the ball again

If you follow sports, you most likely know that the baseball season did get underway. That was on July 23rd, so about two weeks ago.

Because of COVID-19, it's an abbreviated season. It will be 60 games for each team and will wrap up on September 27th.

There have been some changes in the game. Some are not too big a deal and don't raise any alarms for me.

Let the record show that I think it's a good thing now that both leagues have the DH. I'm not a purist and I think this good for the game.

And yes, I like the expanded play off format. There have been way too many times that a team has a bang-up year but just missed their division championship and couldn't quite grab one of the two wild card slots, either. Very glad to see that eight teams from each league will keep playing after the end of the regular season now.

Here's what's gotten under my skin: the ball has most definitely been juiced this year. Again.

I just watched the DBacks beat up on the Astros. The final was 14-7 and there were... wait for it...

There were nine (9) home runs hit!

Even though--as I said a moment ago--I'm not a purist, this juiced ball thing is out-of-control.

And don't you dare say it's all because of the launch angle thing. Or that hitters are getting better at their craft and so on. I'm not buyin' it.

I still love the game and am watching a ton of baseball in this surreal, virus-shortened year. Just as I always do.

But wrapping that ball even tighter for this year is a bad thing for the sport. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the days of a thousand 3-1 games each season are gone. I truly am.

But every team breaking all-time season home run records every year? Games with 9 freaking home runs?

That's a bridge too far.

Bulldog Ben

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