Thursday, July 21, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, July 21, 2022 -- "2015 Reprise Coming?"

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"We know the league switched the baseball in 2015. What I am wondering is whether MLB will do so again. I mean, nothing is really out of the question at this point. They made this switch in 2015. They seemed to have a different ball in play for the 2019 postseason than was used in the 2019 regular season. They put two balls with very different characteristics in play throughout the 2021 season. At this point, MLB simply cannot be trusted to have a single baseball in play for an entire season."