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814 clicks; posted to Sports » on 07 Dec 2022 at 2:35 PM (8 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-12-07 11:56:08 AM  
Oops.  62* (again)
 
2022-12-07 12:45:52 PM  
Of course the farking Yankees got special balls.

And this comes with the expansion of sports betting to more states too.
 
2022-12-07 1:15:50 PM  
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2022-12-07 2:54:20 PM  
Judge Landis approves.
 
2022-12-07 3:01:52 PM  
lmao they gave Aaron Judge juiced balls to try and get rid of the Bonds record and he still couldn't do it

explains why Albert Pujols all of a sudden magically didn't suck any more too
 
2022-12-07 3:02:24 PM  
Spread of masses on that chart.

Lowest "dead" ball is 113.6 grams The highest "juiced" ball is 117.72 grams.

The midpoint of the ranges are 114.58 and 117.21

That's midpoint range....under three grams and an extreme range of...4.12 grams.

Go look at how baseballs are made. I'm impressed that they can keep that tight a tolerance given how they're made (including being stitched up by hand!)
 
2022-12-07 3:05:32 PM  

RAWISRADFORD: Judge Landis approves.


fark Landis.

I appreciate his contributions to establishing MLB an building it up from the absolute low point where he took over (and a model for other professional sports in North America).

But it is absolutely not a coincidence that Rickey signed Jackie Robinson less than a year after Landis died. So long as Landis was in charge, the colour barrier wasn't going anywhere.
 
2022-12-07 3:08:37 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Spread of masses on that chart.

Lowest "dead" ball is 113.6 grams The highest "juiced" ball is 117.72 grams.

The midpoint of the ranges are 114.58 and 117.21

That's midpoint range....under three grams and an extreme range of...4.12 grams.

Go look at how baseballs are made. I'm impressed that they can keep that tight a tolerance given how they're made (including being stitched up by hand!)


Look, pitchers have to be able to blame SOMETHING for why they suck. If its not the ball, its going to be the wind, or the sun, or gods will, or a butterfly farting in alaska

Just as long as its not their fault
 
2022-12-07 3:13:09 PM  
While Wills' research found "dead" balls at parks around the country, the "Goldilocks" balls - with a more batter-friendly weight profile - only turned up at Yankees games and marquee events like the postseason or games using balls with commemorative stamps.

Is that just their home games?  My goodness, their park is already very hitter-friendly.
 
2022-12-07 3:13:17 PM  

I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Spread of masses on that chart.

Lowest "dead" ball is 113.6 grams The highest "juiced" ball is 117.72 grams.

The midpoint of the ranges are 114.58 and 117.21

That's midpoint range....under three grams and an extreme range of...4.12 grams.

Go look at how baseballs are made. I'm impressed that they can keep that tight a tolerance given how they're made (including being stitched up by hand!)


That was my thought too. I can only imagine the range of ball weight, textures, ect way back in the day.
 
2022-12-07 3:26:31 PM  

Concrete Donkey: Look, pitchers have to be able to blame SOMETHING for why they suck


Wait, wasn't it just like a year ago that pitchers were cheating by combining a certain type of sunscreen with the rosin bag to get more sticky balls?
 
2022-12-07 3:45:30 PM  
Raw numbers without percentages is a dumb way to present data.

The 5:1 ratio of Goldilocks balls in October to June is only significant if the ratio of other balls is close to 1:1. If you have 5x more balls from October than you do in June, you would expect to find more Goldilocks balls in October. Duh.
 
2022-12-07 3:49:56 PM  

Andy Andy: I hereby demand that I be given a Fark account: Spread of masses on that chart.

Lowest "dead" ball is 113.6 grams The highest "juiced" ball is 117.72 grams.

The midpoint of the ranges are 114.58 and 117.21

That's midpoint range....under three grams and an extreme range of...4.12 grams.

Go look at how baseballs are made. I'm impressed that they can keep that tight a tolerance given how they're made (including being stitched up by hand!)

That was my thought too. I can only imagine the range of ball weight, textures, ect way back in the day.


They were far more than that before they started putting the balls into a climate-controlled box to control the humidity.
 
2022-12-07 3:51:18 PM  

Concrete Donkey: Look, pitchers have to be able to blame SOMETHING for why they suck. If its not the ball, its going to be the wind, or the sun, or gods will, or a butterfly farting in alaska


Oh, I get that, I understand that, and I would never advocate that they be prevented from blaming anyone else for their lousy performance.

I'll just bust their ass when it's obvious its wrong.

\ Maybe not throw so many into the dirt next time.....
 
2022-12-07 5:04:43 PM  
I'm okay with this.   Every Yankees record seems to have an asterisk now, from Ruth to Maris to Judge.
 
2022-12-07 6:34:41 PM  

little big man: My goodness, their park is already very hitter-friendly.


literally middle of the pack, but keep propagating this myth
 
2022-12-07 6:46:12 PM  
FWIW, both teams playing in a game use the same balls. So if one type of balls were used at Yankee Stadium, I'd have to think it'd effect both teams equally. Furthermore, I don't think it's the kind of thing where the Yankees were like, "Oh yes, here, these baseballs fly better, so we need to change our gameplan around it." You still have all of three-tenths of a second to try and decide if it's worth swinging and where.

I will say that anyone who played fantasy baseball last year with any semblance of seriousness should have noticed offense was way down in the first quarter of the season, then back to normal levels after that. That said, it seemed to be across the board.

I dunno. At some point, I feel like we're splitting hairs with all of this stuff. More offense, less offense, juiced balls, dead balls, whatever. Just outscore the other team, will 'ya?
 
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