Mystery solved: it was the ball after all

(K. Brent Tomer),

AS RECENTLY as 2014, North America’s Major League Baseball (MLB) appeared to be mired in a new dead-ball era, with the lowest level of scoring observed in a full season since 1976. With pitchers throwing harder than ever, an enlarged strike zone putting batters at a disadvantage and big-data-driven defensive shifts increasing the odds that fielders scoop up the balls that hitters do put into play, the downward spiral in offence appeared to have no end in sight. Shortly after taking office in early 2015, Rob Manfred, the sport’s commissioner, said he hoped to “inject additional offence into the game”, and even floated <a…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC Mystery solved: it was the ball after all

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