MLB to institute 8-10 random checks/game for foreign substances


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I had a conversation with a co-worker a couple of days ago about a point that Alonso brought up. MLB tinkers with the baseballs. The seams are raised, the the ball is wound differently, horsehide vs cow hide, the placement of "the pill", etc.... I think it's a very different argument from the one being had here, but players aren't the only ones trying to manipulate the ball in an ever evolving fashion for a desired outcome.

jon abbey

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Jul 15, 2005
Have the spin rates for Cole's start last night been released? Curious what they look like compared to the rest of the season.
Amusingly he had the highest average velocity on his 4-seam for any game in his career, 98.2. Spin rates look pretty unchanged, they can vary somewhat start to start under normal circumstances.