So it's not just the ball, which Manfred says has been studied extensively by experts who find no difference other than a decrease in the amount of drag in flight.
Manfred said the league is working to determine why baseballs are producing less drag after contact, but denied that the trend is a result of deliberate changes dictated by the league. They're concerned with uppercut swings and launch angles, and don't worry about protecting the plate with two strikes.
Speaking in a conference room at the Ritz hotel, down the street from Progressive Field, where the 2019 All-Star Game was set to be played later in the night, MLB Players Association leader Tony Clark said he believes the balls are different and that MLB hasn't given the association a good reason why.
Manfred didn't directly respond to Verlander's comments on Tuesday, but he did double down on his stance that the MLB didn't alter the baseballs.
"It's a f-ing joke", said Verlander, an eight-time All-Star who is starting his second All-Star Game on Tuesday. "They own the [expletive] company".
"We all know what happened", Verlander added. But when Manfred's favorite lieutenants - Joe Torre, Jim Leyland and at least one other Major League Baseball official - decided it was time to stop by the clubhouse for a visit, it was safe to guess they weren't bringing along scrapbooks to reminisce about the 2012 ALCS.
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"The flaw in logic is that baseball wants more home runs. It's not coincidence. We're not idiots". This season, in particular, players are hitting home runs at an unprecedented rate.
"I do not think that [the DH in the NL] is inevitable".
At the current pace, Major League Baseball is on target to record 6,668 home runs this year, almost 1,100 more than last season, and 500 more than the all-time record of 6,105.
Following a series of foul balls that injured fans, Major League Baseball mandated ahead of the 2018 season that netting extend to the far end of each dugout. I talk about time a lot - how do you stack up in history?
"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. Players hitting for three true outcomes-walks, strikeouts, or home runs- like Joey Gallo, Giancarlo Stanton, and Joc Pederson who train their bodies specifically to hit for power are becoming more and more common. Tell me that ball isn't juiced and give me facts to back it up.
"I wouldn't know, because I'm not hitting", Strawberry told Fox Business.
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.