Major League Baseball will continue to play with the structure of the balls used in 2021. After back and forth about juicing the baseballs to make them fly further, the league admitted this year that they would be slightly deadening them. For the Dodgers, that could be a bit of a bummer.
The idea behind deadening the ball is aimed at getting the ball into play more and speed up games. This is all in an effort to draw in new fans and end games at a reasonable time. But for slugger Max Muncy, he felt like the league just took away the offense’s last advantage.
Muncy made an appearance on a media call with Dodgers reporters on Tuesday afternoon. In that call, he was asked about the league changing up the structure of the ball once again. Max was candid in his displeasure.
Does them deadening it mean the pitchers don’t throw 100 miles per hour also? That was my only question. I feel like the whole game is kinda triggered against the offense and now they’re taking the one sole advantage that we have. Maybe or maybe not the ball was a little bit juiced, they obviously never confirmed that. Them saying they’re deadening the ball was kind of heartbreaking.
So far, pitchers and coaches around baseball have had rave reviews about the idea. But from a hitter’s standpoint, it obviously changes things up. And for a team like the Dodgers that led the National League in home runs the last 3 seasons, it could be a huge change to their approach.
Muncy hit 70 home runs in his first 2 seasons with the Dodgers before hitting a rough patch in 2020. Even with a dip in numbers, he still hit 12 dingers in 58 games. This change by MLB might be popular with pitchers, but hitters already sound frustrated.
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