What does it mean for the rest of the season?
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.
How has the baseball evolved over two centuries? Moderately, but notably enough to change outcomes.
Following numerous studies, an MLB commission has confirmed that the baseball has changed since mid-2015.
On 6,105 occasions last season, a major leaguer walked to the plate and hammered a baseball over the outfield wall. The 2017 season broke the home run record th…