Monday, April 12, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, April 12, 2021 -- "The New Baseball"

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"The change to the baseball has reduced the payoff for hitting the ball hard, which is...maybe not entirely fair? I’m not sure how you could look at baseball in the last few years and think, “Man, we should help the pitchers out,” but here we are. Batters now have to contend with the hardest-throwing, nastiest-spinning generation of pitchers ever, and if a hitter does get hold of one, it’s now an out more often than it was last year."