It’s the balls, right? That seems to be the consensus explanation for Major League Baseball’s lackluster playoff hitting. Since 2016, the game has experienced an epic run of homers, with many records falling — just like seemingly slammed postseason balls are now dropping into outfielders’ gloves. While MLB-owned ball-maker Rawlings won’t fess up, analytics tell us that the new ball has more drag and travels 4.5 feet less.
What does this mean for the game? It will disappoint many who live for the long ball (like hitters), but delight fans who’ve pined for the days when the bases in baseball had a purpose.
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