Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, June 9, 2021 -- "Grip"

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"Prior to the 2021 season, MLB announced that it was making the baseball lighter and lowering its coefficient of restitution. Very quickly, it was apparent that the new ball had higher drag that was showing up in the Statcast numbers. The ball was jumping off the bat, producing the highest exit-velocity readings in the measurement era, but not flying as far. The drop in offense we’re seeing this year is wholly explained by the drop in production on contact -- by the new baseball."