Major League Baseball recently released its official report investigating the source of last season’s home run surge. The independent committee concluded that the cause was the ball itself—specifically, a decrease in the ball’s drag coefficient. However, they were unable find the reason for this change. After taking apart and examining twenty-six baseballs, not only have I found a possible explanation for the decrease in drag, but one that could also account for the recent spike in pitcher blister injuries.

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