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    2017 season is on track to have the most HR/game ever!

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/l.../MLB/bat.shtml

    Even more than the steroid era. Wow!

    They clearly juiced the ball, but still.... I wonder if theyll leave the balls as is going forward.

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    Or has pitching taken step backwoods?


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    Last year, 111 players hit 20 or more home runs. That's the most ever in a season.

    1999 had 103
    2000 had 102

    Right now, 2017 has 77. Which would be 18th best ever. We have a current pace of 126 though lol.

    We are on pace for over 6300 Home Runs this year, which would be a record.

    Stanton is on pace for 61.5 Home Runs before today.
    Then Judge is on pace for 46, nobody else has a 50 homer pace, and only a handful of guys have 40 homer paces.

    Home runs are up all around the league. Unlike the steroid era where poor pitching to great hitters and PED built monsters supported a larger portion of the home runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    Or has pitching taken step backwoods?


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    Pitchers across the league are complaining about blisters being up, and they aren't shying away from complaining, but have yet to come out and truly blame a change with the ball. I even heard one story after the Harper knee injury that MLB would immediately come out and try to address the issue, while pitchers having blisters is up across the league, but they aren't doing anything about that. I wish I still had the link to the article, though

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasTomasz View Post
    Pitchers across the league are complaining about blisters being up, and they aren't shying away from complaining, but have yet to come out and truly blame a change with the ball. I even heard one story after the Harper knee injury that MLB would immediately come out and try to address the issue, while pitchers having blisters is up across the league, but they aren't doing anything about that. I wish I still had the link to the article, though
    So is that a result of the balls being different?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    Or has pitching taken step backwoods?
    Eno Sarris has a good article on FanGraphs about some of the stuff hitters have been working on to increase HRs.

    It's going to be interesting to see how pitchers adjust to hitters being more aggressive like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sick Of It All View Post
    So is that a result of the balls being different?


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    I read the "juicing" of the ball has to do with the rubber core of the ball (balls are made in Costa Rica).

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    Global Warming

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    What if I drink alcohol while taking Viagra?
    Who wins? Whiskey dick or boner pill?

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    I don't think there's anything stopping the boner pill

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    Quote Originally Posted by goingfor28 View Post
    What if I drink alcohol while taking Viagra?
    Who wins? Whiskey dick or boner pill?

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    It's a fun challenge.

    Or pop a viagra and 5 sleeping pills and see if you can finish before you pass out

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    I forgot what university did a study but it was said they compared balls from 2015 to now. They discovered the circumference of the balls are smaller and the seams are further down on the ball. I'm sure that and statcasting where players are becoming more educated about launch angles, exit velocities, swing arcs, is whats bringing back the home run.

    Not to mention, that's all players care about now (home runs, walks, and if that means striking out 100-200 times a season so be it).

    One of the only guys I see really concerned with making regular contact (while hitting for power) is Joey Votto. Look how high he chokes up on the bat.
    Last edited by metswon69; 09-22-2017 at 08:23 PM.

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    Felix Millan would choke up 4 inches on the bat. He had a hitting academy near me in Savannah, GA. It only lasted 2 years.

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    Pitching is all about velocity now. There are tons of guys hucking that ball in the high 90's and 100+ now. More high speed pitches = more home runs. Teams are also now adopting a strategy of just trying to crush the ball every single AB. It's very present in the AL East. Even with that, 7 of the top 15 HR hitters this year are in the NL. The big power bats are evenly spread out it seems.

    The thing I like about the big # HR guys is a lot of them are young so they have a long way to go. Who knows, if the numbers keep rising then maybe 74 might not be out of the realm of possibility?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dugmet View Post
    Felix Millan would choke up 4 inches on the bat. He had a hitting academy near me in Savannah, GA. It only lasted 2 years.
    Barry Bonds choked up on his bat and holds the MLB record for HR's in a single season and in an entire career.

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