- Dec 4, 2009
Manfred said that the league is going back and taking another look at the baseballs.
“We have reconvened the group of scientists that worked with us before [on the initial study],” he said. “We’ve asked them to take a fresh look at everything that is occurring with the baseball. We expect to get this new report shortly after the World Series.”
Manfred said that he believed the report would contain some recommendations, but he sees the need to address the ball given the abnormal increase in home runs.
“The only thing I’m prepared to say at this point and time is I do think that we need to see if we can make some changes that gives us a more predictable, consistent performance from the baseball.”
Asked if there would be any need to run any change to the ball by the players, Manfred said, no.
“We can make the change without approval from the players but I have always looked to approached these types of issues with transparency to the players so that are aware.”
Rob Manfred wants a more predictable and consistent baseball. A report shortly after the 2019 World Series could determine whether that happens for the 2020 season,
I’m a cynic So I think one of two things will happen:
they change the ball again and homers spike even more
they sink to record low numbers.
They had a perfect thing and fucked with it. I doubt they can get it back to normal.