MLB to alter baseballs for '21 season


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Major League Baseball will alter the baseball slightly in 2021, though changes to the ball will be subtle.

According to the Associated Press, a memo sent to all 30 clubs last week cited an independent lab that found the new balls will fly one to two feet shorter on balls hit over 375 feet.

After the league saw a record 6,776 homers hit in 2019 (the last 162-game season that was played), the home run rate fell from 6.6% of plate appearances in '19 to 6.5% during the pandemic-shortened '20 campaign.


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Whew, thought they were going to get rid of the white (I know, bad eib jumping on that trope but it was a hanging curveball).

while also lessening the ball’s weight by 2.8 grams without changing its size.

I know that seems minimal but I bet a major league pitcher will feel the difference. Or being baseball types, they will THINK they feel the difference. I wonder if they'll do a blind test.