PITTSBURGH -- If you haven’t heard the news, there’s something up with the baseball.
Both The Ringer and FiveThirtyEight have published stories in the last month with groundbreaking evidence that shows that since about the midpoint of the 2015 season, there have been small but impactful changes to the size, seam height and bounciness of the ball that’s used by Major League players. Those changes have come with a dramatic increase in home runs.
But not everyone is convinced. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington thinks that there are other factors at play.
“We believe there’s some underlying issues to this,” he said on Sunday. “We’ve become a showcase-based industry, where it’s about how hard can you throw, how far can you hit it? That’s what gets you recruited to colleges and wh...
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