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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
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    Oh FFS !! Facebook to stream 25 MLB games.
    What's your beef with it? Not enough games?
    I don't want Facebook encroaching on my life.
    Surely it's just a joint agreement to get MLB.TV some advertising, and Facebook some relevant content, though, no?

    I can't see Facebook ever getting exclusive rights to anything. Or am I missing your point?

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    I don't pay much attention to baseball. I know Cleveland tied a record for most wins in a row and then bowed out to the Yankees, who decided to Reggie Jackson it up for the playoffs.

    Did Cleveland survive the off-season signing stuff they needed to deal with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
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    I don't want Facebook encroaching on my life.
    Surely it's just a joint agreement to get MLB.TV some advertising, and Facebook some relevant content, though, no?

    I can't see Facebook ever getting exclusive rights to anything. Or am I missing your point?
    In view of Facebook's recent activities, I hope the MLB will reconsider this arrangement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by TSwizzle View Post

    I don't want Facebook encroaching on my life.
    Surely it's just a joint agreement to get MLB.TV some advertising, and Facebook some relevant content, though, no?

    I can't see Facebook ever getting exclusive rights to anything. Or am I missing your point?
    In view of Facebook's recent activities, I hope the MLB will reconsider this arrangement.
    Pfft, shows what you know.


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    A couple of random things here ...

    First off, an interesting article about Ichiro Suzuki, written shortly before it was announced that he'd be returning again this year.

    Then, I've been to about 16 or 17 MLB parks now. The wife and I long ago set out to visit them all, but that ground to a near halt after having our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th children. The park in Pittsburgh is really nice, no bad seats and feels quite intimate (the picture in the OP inspired me to post about it).

    Finally, go Yankees!

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    I have this to say about major league baseball....At least it is more exciting than major league soccer, golf, bowling, and NASCAR.

    Yeah, I know....Low bars, all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whollygoats View Post
    I have this to say about major league baseball....At least it is more exciting than major league soccer, golf, bowling, and NASCAR.

    Yeah, I know....Low bars, all.
    The MLB season is a gradient. The only thing more boring than April baseball is spring training, unless you're a retiree in Florida. But then this turns into the late-season playoff race, the playoffs, and finally the fiery eruption of the World Series.

    I don't pay much attention early on in the season, but when I do it's more about a lazy Saturday afternoon with a beer and game in the background than guns blazing. Or when I make it out to Roger's Centre it's the atmosphere, hot-dogs, beer, and sun.

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    Oh...It's also NOT cricket.

    Cricket is incomprehensible to me.

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    Article by FiveThirtyEight:

    We X-Rayed Some MLB Baseballs. Here’s What We Found

    Asked about these findings, MLB noted that it had commissioned a group of scientists and statisticians to investigate any changes to the ball, and that the committee would issue a report on its research soon. According to Alan Nathan, one of the physicists on the commission, the task force found that all the characteristics that MLB regularly measures, including the weight, circumference, seam height and bounciness of the ball, were within ranges that meant variations in the baseballs were unlikely to significantly affect home run rates. MLB declined to provide the data supporting these assertions.
    Independent investigations by FiveThirtyEight, publications like The Ringer, and Nathan himself have shown differences in the characteristics of the ball and the way it performs. Research has shown that balls used in games after the 2015 All-Star Game were bouncier and less air resistant compared with baseballs from the 2014 season, when players hit a relatively modest 4,186 homers, the fewest since 1995. (Nathan noted that MLB does not regularly measure air resistance.) Taken together, these changes would result in a ball that would come off the bat at a higher speed and carry farther. While investigations have been able to show that the baseball behaves differently in recent years, no one had looked inside the ball to see if there was evidence of changes to the way the baseball is constructed.
    When comparing the new and old groups, however, there was a clear difference in the density of the core.
    Dr. Law’s team isolated the density difference to the outer (pink) layer of the core, which was, on average, about 40 percent less dense in the new group of balls.
    It may not seem obvious, but these slight changes in the chemical composition of the core could have an impact on how the balls played once they were sewn up and shipped to major league teams.
    But the timing of these changes to the weight and density of the core coincides with a much larger boost to the bounciness of the baseball. According to a previous analysis performed by The Ringer, that increase in bounciness alone would add around 0.6 mph to the speed of the ball as it leaves the bat and add roughly 3 feet to the travel distance of a fly ball — enough to make the difference between the warning track and the stands.
    . . .previous research at FiveThirtyEight showed that they also became less air resistant. The decrease in drag is probably a result of a smaller, slicker baseball with lower seams. The change in air resistance could add an additional 5 feet to the travel distance of a fly ball. Combine all these factors together — a lighter, more compact baseball with tighter seams and more bounce — and the ball could fly as much as 8.6 feet farther. According to Nathan’s calculations, this would lead to a more than 25 percent increase in the number of home runs. Asked whether these changes in combination could have significantly affected the home run rate, MLB declined to comment.
    TL;DR the MLB lowered the density of the baseball cores, as well as the air-resistance of it's seams which may have accounted for a 25% increase in home-runs after the 2015 season. Article also mentions that hitting philosophy accounts for some of the difference too.

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    Wasn't the HR increase seen just in one league, where as the other league it was flat with the previous season and homeruns?

    Oddly enough, the numbers have been back and forth since 2000. First column is AL, second is NL, third is MLB.

    2,688 3,005 5,693 2000
    2,506 2,952 5,458 2001
    2,464 2,595 5,059 2002
    2,499 2,708 5,207 2003
    2,605 2,846 5,451 2004
    2,437
    2,580
    5,017
    2005
    2,546
    2,840
    5,386
    2006
    2,252
    2,705
    4,957
    2007
    2,270 2,608 4,878 2008
    2,560 2,482 5,042 2009
    2,209 2,404 4,613 2010
    2,271 2,281 4,552 2011
    2,500 2,434 4,934 2012
    2,504 2,157 4,661 2013
    2,025 2,161 4,186 2014
    2,275 2,634 4,909 2015
    2,657 2,953 5,610 2016
    3,170 2,935 6,105 2017

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