Verlander Claims Balls Are Juiced

Jonathan Grant | July 9th, 2019

Justin Verlander made some big headlines of his own in baseball circles on Monday when he stated that he believed MLB had intentionally altered the ball in order to increase offense. The 36 year-old Houston Astros pitcher, who has given up more home runs than any other pitcher this season with 26 served up, stated that the league’s acquisition of Rawlings came with the surge of home runs.

The Dickinson Press

He said that Commissioner Rob Manfred’s desired first objective was to find a way to increase scoring, and that it was too much to be a consequence that those factors have gone together. Manfred admits that homers are up and that the ball is different, but he refused to confess that the balls have indeed been changed.

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