Mets coach Eric Chavez suggests MLB uses different baseballs for matches broadcast on national television

Scoring in running and the associated performance in attack are declining in 2022 and there is ample reason to doubt that the properties of a baseball have much to do with it. MLB has a rich recent history of introducing baseballs that vary greatly in these facilities from year to year and even within the same season, and 2022 does not seem to be an exception.

Generally speaking, pitchers won’t oppose “dead” baseballs, just as hitters won’t back down from “juiced” variants. Both groups of players and their interests in the duel, however, value consistency when it comes to this most important piece of equipment.

This brings us to the latest conspiracy theory put forward by the New York Mets. Mets coach Eric Chavez recently told Tim Healey Newsday that his strikers suspect baseball is becoming surprisingly less numb during games broadcast on national television, such as the recent Mets-Phillies match last Sunday night on ESPN. Healey writes:

And then in late April, two days before playing with the Phillies at ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball,” several strikers warned Chavez: Watch baseballs travel during the week’s premiere game broadcast on national television. They heard that the balls in those games were different in some way.

“I thought for a moment,‘ You’re full of it, ’” Chavez said.

And then what happened?

“The ball traveled on – balls that weren’t hit that hard. And I’m like, wait a minute, that shouldn’t have happened,” Chavez said. “The ball just traveled better. It was an eye test, but then we aligned it with what the analyst was telling us.”

It is worth noting that last year we heard similar whispers about prominent games or series. However, players ’perceptions of such things can be considered questionable for common reasons – confirmation bias, small sample size, etc. Indeed, ball tracking data from this game does not particularly support the Mets striker’s perception. It also follows that if the MLB determined that a more lively baseball was good for business, then they would use that baseball in more than just games broadcast on national television.

Still, this kind of “flower anecdote” is likely to continue until MLB develops better quality control of a baseball or is less prone to intentionally manipulating it. Yes, lower temperatures in April and increased use of humidors to store baseballs probably play a role, but baseball itself is still the main character whenever the balance between throwing and hitting leans too much in one direction.

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