Nightengale's Notebook: Is MLB using two different baseballs? Players want transparency on open secret

Apr 25, 2022

PHOENIX — They took the sticky stuff away from pitchers.

They implemented a universal designated hitter.

They didn’t even test for steroids and performance-enhancing drugs all winter.

So, what happens?

We’re seeing a historic power outage.

The batting average throughout baseball these first two weeks is just .230, which would easily rank as the lowest in baseball history for a full season.

Teams are slugging .366, the lowest since 1976.

MLB teams are averaging 3.94 runs a game, the lowest since 1972.

And there are just .089 homers per game, which is the second-lowest output since 1993, you know, before the steroid craze.

The offense around the game is so pathetic that five teams are averaging three or fewer runs this season: the New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles.

“Don’t we say that every year at this time?’’ New York Mets ace Max Scherzer said, “And then bats heat up. It’s still early.’’

Still, what gives?

Is it the humidor effect with every team now storing baseballs in humidor instead of just Colorado and Arizona?

Is it hitters swinging for the fences – no matter the count or situation? One veteran pitcher told USA TODAY Sports that “it’s never been so easy to pitch in my life.’’

Or, is it baseball’s dirty secret, the actual baseballs?

“Everybody’s talking about it,’’ Mets second baseman Robinson Cano says. “Something’s going on.’’

Source: Yahoo Sports (Photo by: Call To The Pen)