SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 28: An exterior view of the outside of AT&T Park as boaters and fans congregate around McCovey Cove during Game Two of the 2010 MLB World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers at AT&T Park on October 28, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The MLB Insists It Isn’t Juicing Balls

 Home runs are being hit in RECORD NUMBERS these days, and some people think the balls are juiced.

Even All-Star pitcher JUSTIN VERLANDER thinks so, and he says they’re making the game, quote, “[an effing] joke.”

Home runs have been on a steep rise for several years now, and Major League Baseball has repeatedly insisted that they haven’t changed the baseballs.

Just this week, Commissioner ROB MANFRED said, quote, “Baseball has done nothing, given no direction for an alteration in the baseball.  The flaw in logic is that baseball wants more home runs . . .

“If you sat in owners meetings and listen to people on how the game is played, that is NOT a sentiment among the owners . . . [they’re] concerned.”

Yeah, but the owners are businessmen who want money, and their customers are fans who find home runs EXCITING.

In fact, in the same interview, Manfred said, quote, “It’s easy to get carried away with ‘you have too many home runs.’  Let’s not forget that our fan data suggests fans like home runs.  It’s not the worst thing in the world.”

Richie

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