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Dodgers News: MLB Issues Statement On Baseballs Used in 2019 Postseason

MLB says all balls the same, aside from minor difference

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 26: Special edition Los Angeles Dodgers baseballs used for batting practice are held in a basket before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

MLB officially released a statement about the baseballs in the 2019 playoffs amidst a lot of speculation and rumor. This, after a summer of controversies over the changes in the balls used in MLB.

The Balls Were In MLB’s Court

If one reads this carefully, it is designed to be a little misleading. “Are pulled from the same batches” gives a vibe like they’re just pulling balls out of a bucket, but I digress. Studies over the past few seasons have concluded that the difference in the baseballs in MLB are largely attributed to the drag on the baseball. This means the seams are lower, the tactile feel of the outside of the balls may be glossed or attributed to a different material, etc. However, the added logo on the ball could definitely change the trajectory of the ball. The question over how much a ball’s drag can change based on an added logo is a mystery.

Did This Effect The Dodgers Fate?

Many Dodger fans have wondered whether Will Smith’s fly out in game 5 should have left. In reality, this doesn’t matter. In that same game, a Howie Kendrick fly ball probably should have left, as well. Both the Nationals and Dodgers competed with the same baseballs. The Dodgers lost because of bullpen mismanagement and lack of hitting. According to MLB’s statement, should it be true, the balls aren’t much different. This will most likely not change the opinion of many fans, as the conspiracies are vast. In short though, the Dodgers however, lost fair and square.

Written by AJ Gonzalez

AJ is a lifelong Dodgers fan who grew up in California. His whole family are also lifelong Dodgers fans. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, daughter, beagle, and strat.

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  1. I wouldn’t say they lost fair and square when the other team had gifts from our manager once again. Despite all the poor at bats this team still could’ve won in the end if Roberts wasn’t a clown. It was pretty simple, a 3-1 lead in the 8th you use a set up guy either Maeda or Kelly, Kelly being good for one inning usually not multiple. Then you go with your closer. Any manager would’ve done that but not our guy he wanted to get cute and push our luck with Kershaw

    • Turn the page dude! All you do is throw shade! There’s 29 other teams you can follow if you want, but you’re no fan of the Dodgers. Fans like their teams

      • Save that line of bs. Fans want their teams to be the best they can be. You like to settle for less you aren’t a real fan

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