Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander has given up a major league leading 26 home runs this year. The league as a whole is on pace to shatter the all time long ball mark by 500 dingers this year.
There's been plenty of speculation that the ball is "juiced." Verlander said that the balls this year are a "f--king joke."
Buddy, major league baseball is struggling. They need asses in seats and they want people to watch on TV. Chicks dig the long ball. I don't see a problem if MLB is juicing these puppies. In fact, I like it.
It's not unprecedented. In 1968 the league lowered the pitching mound from 15 inches to 10 and shortly thereafter the strike zone was altered. This was all in an effort to help offense.
In the NFL, QB's are protected more than any other player on the field. Defense may win championships, but the theory is that offense puts butts in the seats.
In the NHL, the trapezoid was removed, two-line passes were taken out of the game, and goalie pads were reduced in size.
Verlander is pissed because he keeps serving up taters, but leagues have always done what they think is best to improve their game. That's all that MLB is doing now. It's the right call. In fact, it's a home run.