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An internal memo sent out by Major League Baseball admits that balls that go 375 feet or more will end up traveling 1-2 feet shorter than the “juiced” balls of the past few seasons.
According to veteran Major League pitcher David Price, pitchers around the league knew all along that the league had slightly deadened the baseball and that he for one was happy that the league was going “back to the regular ball.”
“Did I see MLB is ‘slightly’ deadening the baseball?!” Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander David Price asked via his Twitter. “I thought MLB said (the ball) hadn’t been juiced? … Pitchers knew all along!”
Another change is coming to a handful of stadiums, as five teams are planning on adding humidors to their stadiums. That means that 10 of MLB’s 30 stadiums will be equipped with humidity-controlled storage spaces.
It was just four years ago that a record number of home runs were hit, a mark that lasted only two seasons. That record was broken in 2019, when there were 6,776 homers hit during the 5,184 games played.
The 35-year-old Price opted out of playing the 2020 season for the World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Two seasons ago in Boston, he went 7-5 with a 4.28 ERA. He and Mookie Bets were traded to the Dodgers for minor leaguers Jeter Downs, Connor Wong and Major League prospect Alex Verdugo last February.