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MLB used juiced balls in 2022 during all star weekend, post season, and Yankee games
 

 
Did MLB help Aaron Judge’s home run record pursuit with a different baseball?

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By James Dator on December 7, 2022 11:18 am

When we think of competitive balance in sports, a lot of things pop to mind. There’s the salary cap, draft lotteries, and equipment standardization — all designed to promote parity. Normally we don’t think about the league-supplied elements, because theoretically they should all be identical, but in MLB there is a major problem that hasn’t been addressed, and it’s the baseballs themselves.

A widespread study of over 200 baseballs used during the 2022 season showed massive variance, pointing to a “juiced ball,” a “dead ball” an a “Goldilocks ball.” The study was conducted by astrophysicist Dr. Meredith Wills who does work for the Society for American Baseball Research, and aided by Insider — who published the report on Wednesday morning.

This isn’t the first time there have been questions raised about using different baseballs inside a single MLB season. Dr. Wills previously found in 2019 that MLB was using a new ball, which contributed to baseball’s scoring explosion. In response to this, and similar studies MLB announced it was moving to a new, more dead baseball construction. These balls would be lighter, and more consistent — but come off the bat with less velocity, which was aimed to stem the scoring explosion.

It’s here where variance problems reared their head. In 2021 MLB was forced to use two different ball constructions for the season due to production difficulties due to Covid-19 of the new baseballs. Supply chain issues in caused MLB to dip into its “reserve stock” of balls, which were the old construction. These notably lighter balls came off bats with more velocity than their newer counterparts, imparting a definite element of randomness to the season. The new and old balls were distributed at random, but it didn’t mean players were happy.

“They’re all different,” Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt said on TV to SNY, “The first inning they’re decent; the third inning they’re bad; the fourth inning they’re okay; the fifth inning they’re bad…there’s no common ground with the balls.”

This prompted MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to acknowledge the ball issue, admitting at the 2022 All Star game that MLB was forced to use the different balls — the first public acknowledgement of the issue from the league. At the time he a*sured fans that for 2022 there was no issue, and that every baseball in circulation for the season was of the new construction, seemingly putting a nail in the issue.

We now know that Manfred was wrong, at best — lying, at worst.

The Wills and Insider report shows that of the 200 baseball they tested from the 2022 season the majority were from the new “dead” ball stock, which MLB said would be every ball for the season. However, they also found instances of the old “juiced” balls, as well as a third construction which fell into the middle — and is being dubbed the “Goldilocks ball,” for being the perfect mix of weight and velocity. More alarming is that there appears, at least from the initial data, to show huge inconsistencies in the ball distribution across MLB ballparks.

Wills and Insider found that 35 Goldilocks balls only appeared in four distinct situations:

Special commemorative balls used on team anniversaries (6)
All-Star week (3)
Postseason (14)
Yankees home games (10)
It’s that final point that’s going to be the most contentious. Finding 10 baseballs is far from a smoking gun, but it is very curious that Goldilocks balls ramped up in use in Yankees home games as Aaron Judge was chasing Roger Maris’ AL home run record. In August only two of the different balls were found, jumping to six in September, before dropping back off in October back to two. Judge broke the record on October 4.

MLB is vehemently rejecting this study, outwardly telling Insider that it’s wrong.

“The 2022 MLB season exclusively used a single ball utilizing the manufacturing process change announced prior to the 2021 season, and all baseballs were well within MLB’s specifications,” the statement read. “Multiple independent scientific experts have found no evidence of different ball designs. To the contrary, the data show the expected normal manufacturing variation of a handmade natural product.”
The issue is less that there’s variance, which is to be expected because of how baseball are made — and more that there appears to be a pattern in which a different baseball construction was used. If there were 35 Goldilocks balls distributed across 20 different ballparks it would be problematic, but not a big issue. The fact that this study has shown a notable preference for higher scoring baseballs in New York during Judge’s home run pursuit is a problem.

MLB is not admitting there’s a problem, but that’s par for the course. They didn’t admit there was a baseball variance in 2021 until 2022 and it could be months until they own up to the three balls in 2022, if at all. We are talking very small differences in weight here, but it does contribute to the erosion of trust in baseball. It would be better if MLB just owned up to the mistake now, instead of letting this drag out.
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 2 months ago '11        #2
Brolicballer13 
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Home runs= views
Which equals money


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Top 10 most slapped recently  2 months ago '22        #3
BreakkerSzn  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x46
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AsterickSzn for Judge if this the case
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 2 months ago '11        #4
The Bearded One  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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so we putting an asterisk next to judges AL record
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 2 months ago '21        #5
Aztec King 
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Cheaters
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 2 months ago '21        #6
loveeveryday  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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racist baseball fans when they have to say Bond’s is the home run leader again




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 2 months ago '12        #7
halochicken  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Oh ok juiced balls equals cheating but juiced body isn't. cool. This site lol
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 2 months ago '06        #8
jj01 
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of course they did

kiddie park
batting him 1st in the lineup for more appearances
and this sh*t
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 2 months ago '19        #9
Datboy 
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 loveeveryday said
racist baseball fans when they have to say Bond’s is the home run leader again



He still is the home run leader. Tell me you don't know what you're talking about without telling me you don't know what you're talking about

 2 months ago '16        #10
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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 Brolicballer13 said
Home runs= views
Which equals money


but Bonds aint in the HOF so fukk that theory

they cant have it both ways
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 2 months ago '13        #11
rifair 
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 BMC1000 said
but Bonds aint in the HOF so fukk that theory

they cant have it both ways
Bonds hurt the widdle weporters feelings so that's he isn't in
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Top 10 most propped recently  2 months ago '07        #12
Bkjj11  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x156
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Sports betting is the reason....
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 2 months ago '16        #13
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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 rifair said
Bonds hurt the widdle weporters feelings so that's he isn't in
whats your excuse for mack or sosa

 2 months ago '14        #14
Mr Harrow  OP
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 rifair said
Bonds hurt the widdle weporters feelings so that's he isn't in
U mean the astrophysicist?

Also, it should be alarming that mlb is helping specific teams, who cares about the individual. The fact they aided the yankees to get this record for judge, like what else are they capable of.
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 2 months ago '21        #15
loveeveryday  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 Datboy said
He still is the home run leader. Tell me you don't know what you're talking about without telling me you don't know what you're talking about
Judge was hitting with rubber baseballs they specifically changed the balls when he was up to bat did you not watch the games on yes network?

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 2 months ago '21        #16
loveeveryday  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 Mr Harrow said
U mean the astrophysicist?

Also, it should be alarming that mlb is helping specific teams, who cares about the individual. The fact they aided the yankees to get this record for judge, like what else are they capable of.
They cheated with a*sistance from the commissioner, MLB and still couldn’t beat the astros or win a chip


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 2 months ago '22        #17
God Bless You 
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if this is true that record set by Judge this year is fugazi just like Bonds HR record is fugazi
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 2 months ago '21        #18
loveeveryday  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 God Bless said
if this is true that record set by Judge this year is fugazi just like Bonds HR record is fugazi
Bonds ain’t get no help from the president and league tho

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 2 months ago '14        #19
Mr Harrow  OP
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 loveeveryday said
They cheated with a*sistance from the commissioner, MLB and still couldn’t beat the astros or win a chip


To be fair, everyone got the ball in the postseason.

But this quote stood out:
“They’re all different,” Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt said on TV to SNY, “The first inning they’re decent; the third inning they’re bad; the fourth inning they’re okay; the fifth inning they’re bad…there’s no common ground with the balls.”
Means u can turn a team on and off properly using the juiced ball. So u can put them to bed or lift their a*ses up inning by inning. Who benefitted and who didn't, we'll never know.
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 2 months ago '21        #20
loveeveryday  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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 Mr Harrow said
To be fair, everyone got the ball in the postseason.

But this quote stood out:


Means u can turn a team on and off properly using the juiced ball. So u can put them to bed or lift their a*ses up inning by inning. Who benefitted and who didn't, we'll never know.
the Yankees had the most juiced balls

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 2 months ago '16        #21
BMC1000  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x20
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somone tell marris's son to STFU now

he prolly believe in the easter bunny too

lil bi*ch
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 2 months ago '14        #22
Mr Harrow  OP
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 loveeveryday said
the Yankees had the most juiced balls

In the period of the home run chase yes. Then they stopped using them per the report.

I meant to say how it benefitted them in the playoffs. Who knows who it benefitted in each playoff series but that quote shows it throws off pitchers.

 2 months ago '14        #23
Mr Harrow  OP
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 BMC1000 said
somone tell marris's son to STFU now

he prolly believe in the easter bunny too

lil bi*ch
He prob paid the astrophysicist
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 2 months ago '19        #24
zzxxccvvbb 
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Wasn't this because of the manufacturing and supply chain issues and a whole lot of people were getting beaned earlier in the year as well

 2 months ago '07        #25
CowabungaDude 
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Helped Judge land that huge contract today
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