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How one tiny change to the baseball may have led to both the home run surge and the rise in pitcher blisters

After taking apart and examining twenty-six baseballs, a possible explanation for the rise in both home runs and pitcher blisters emerged: The laces in the newer baseballs are noticeably different.

Prospectus Feature: MLB Commission Confirms That The Baseball Has Changed

Following numerous studies, an MLB commission has confirmed that the baseball has changed since mid-2015.

Are Rays' Shifts Redefining Infield Defense?

In each of the last two seasons, Joe Maddon's Tampa Bay Rays did more infield shifting than any other team in the majors. But does it work? And are they taking things to a new level in 2012?