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Ryan Colligan
Ryan Colligan ヶ月 前
That bit about the river mud is simultaneously unbelievable and completely consistent with baseball's weird continuity obsession.
sirflimflam 21 日 前
@Boran Theki I remember one year my team was gifted a small tub of that stuff in Little League back in the early to mid 90s. We didn't really get it, but I actually liked how it slightly changed the feel of the ball. Mostly we were just excited our games felt more "authentic" with it. haha. Total placebo I'm sure. 9 year olds wouldn't really get any meaningful differences with it.
C Mendoza
C Mendoza 22 日 前
It's truly silly, considering how little they seem to care about quality control.
James Rocco
James Rocco 24 日 前
Ball players have always been superstitious...
Souledex 28 日 前
no other institution reminds me more of how Ancient Rome's government officials, clergy and rituals functioned. There were a number that were so old and permuted that they honestly didn't remember why they did it, but some ancient offhand account said all the ghosts of their sacred dead rose and terrorized the city one year they didn't so they just kept doing a massive festival every year. Like why did they start replacing balls so often in baseball? Cause it negatively affected the sport as a whole? No? Sportsmanship? No? Oh it got so hard to see it killed someone - and their solution was to just replace them often rather than... all of the other contributing factors to that danger.
Zack Hample
Zack Hample ヶ月 前
Fascinating and brilliantly done. Thanks for featuring my book (twice!) in your video, and I noticed a bunch of my baseballs in here as well. Keep doing your thing and shout-out to Dr. Meredith Wills for her research on this subject.
Mike Rafone
Mike Rafone 15 日 前
@Ray Lopez i already know this... the espn article they used as a source has the conflicting info.
Ray Lopez
Ray Lopez 15 日 前
@Mike Rafone Wikipedia is sometimes wrong, and if you correct the article you can get into a pissing contest with an editor who reverts it back to the previous version... but Wikipedia is a good starting point.
Mike Rafone
Mike Rafone 20 日 前
@Baseball Doesn't Exist hey bud.. ray chapmans wikipedia references an article by espn that says the pitcher, carl mays was the one to field the ball and throw it to first base after thinking chapman hit the ball. either the wikipedia is wrong or the third baseman wasnt the one to field the ball. you should correct the wikipedia article if youre certain it wasnt the pitcher.
Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson 24 日 前
I own a copy of your book! I'm an Australian baseball fan who picked it up in LA before seeing my first baseball game.
Zack Hample
Zack Hample ヶ月 前
@Baseball Doesn't Exist 👊
Recoil Rob
Recoil Rob ヶ月 前
A while back when the laces were being talked about...it made sense that them protruding farther made it easier for the pitcher to grasp and control while also decreasing the distance it would fly due to increased drag. When they made the laces shorter the pitchers lost some control which made it easier to hit them...and the balls flew farther just from the decreased drag of the less prominent laces. Then throw in changes to the core rebound and lots of things can make the balls do what they want. As long as both teams have to use the same balls....I'd call it a fair contest, but if one team got one ball while the other a different one....that wouldn't be right.
Jrezky 3 日 前
I feel like different people benefit from different types of balls and laces, and especially if teams are practicing with different balls than they play with that is unfair. The ball should honestly remain the exact same across as many games, seasons, and even off-seasons as possible.
Tim Markowicz
Tim Markowicz 5 日 前
Doesn't it favor batter statistics over pitcher statistics? If I was a pitcher trying to establish myself, I'd be pissed!
Eddie Tucker
Eddie Tucker 12 日 前
It would be criminal.
Richard Cranium
Richard Cranium ヶ月 前
The thing that gets me is just how "balanced" baseball is. The length of basepaths, the distance to the plate, and distance to the fence - all of it so balanced that changing the thread can alter the game drastically. Which is just amazing.
You What?
You What? 10 日 前
@TheInfectous you must be fun at parties… not wrong i guess tho
MexiDan 13 日 前
@TheInfectous zZzZzZz
William Chamberlain
@TheInfectous or saying it the other way - "the original ball is so badly designed for aerodynamics that manufacturing changes create huge aerodynamic differences"
TheInfectous 22 日 前
well wording it that way is a bit misleading, the change that matters isn't the thread, which itself is a small change, it's the change in the aerodynamics which was a large change. a more accurate sentence would be, "all of it so balanced so well that a massive change in aerodynamics of the ball can alter the game drastically" which uh, would be self-evident. The sentiment you're looking for is "the thing that gets me is just how precise aerodynamics is. The smallest variation in size, shape, weight and material can have massive changes in how objects fly through the air."
Nathan Thom
Nathan Thom 28 日 前
It is amazing how disposable and unused each ball is in professional baseball. In Cricket a ball typically lasts a minimum of 80 overs and yes a cricket ball is far more durable but the fact that baseball's don't even get used for a full over just seems ridiculous.
Nathan Thom
Nathan Thom 3 日 前
@LegionOfMudkipI note the emoticon but... Neither sports innings are comparable and "innings" are not a constant anyway seeing as the number of pitches (or bowls) in said innings are entirely dependent on the performance of the relevent teams. In relation to the balls relative use, the cricket over is much more useful since it consist of 6 legal deliveries of the ball and this is something you can also quantify in baseball; the only issue with using "overs" as the quantifying factor is that you need to know a little about cricket or have Google.
LegionOfMudkip 3 日 前
Baseballs don’t get used for overs period. They’re used in innings :)
Nathan Thom
Nathan Thom 16 日 前
@thewkovacs wouldn't call it a problem if they have no obvious negatives to using the ball more than once per batter.
thewkovacs 16 日 前
@Nathan Thom in college, the issue is cost. dont have that problem in the mlb.
Nathan Thom
Nathan Thom 16 日 前
@thewkovacs sounds like an issue with the sport, where they have a piece of equipment not fit for purpose; the thing is this is nowhere near a problem in practice or in college baseball.
Pian-0 G
Pian-0 G 21 日 前
It’s kind of amazing how I get reminded how sports work because of ‘limitation’. Like how making the balls better in aerodynamic and such (even if accidental) makes the sports possibly worse. It’s like swimming with that suit that was so good, it got banned, because not everyone had one.
Dee 21 日 前
I'm thinking about motorsports now. The amount of rules that govern how a racecar is built are generally downright staggering. You have to have x amount of horsepower, y amount of cylinders, z amount of curb weight, a×b dimensions, c° spoiler, d amount of ride height, and so on. And it makes so much sense when you consider that motorsports are usually more about the drivers' ability to drive their vehicles within a certain performance envelope than about their crews' budget and ability to build and tune better vehicles.
Jake Jonas
Jake Jonas ヶ月 前
Never been much of a baseball fan but this channel is what’s gotten me into watching highlights. I never watch an entire game but I’m more interested in it than I’ve ever been.
Lux Arts
Lux Arts ヶ月 前
As a baseball fan for his entire life this is so weird, I was at Fenway the other week for mothers day and in the 9th inning down a run J.D Martinez barreled one to left and me and my friend (both baseball players who hit bp regularly and watch teamates crush balls) thought this ball was leaving the ball park, thing died and hit the top of the monster. I've seen at least 20-30 games at fenway in my life and seen more homeruns live than I can count so I don't normally get excited for any contact unless I know its crushed and it just feels like the ball is even more dead this year
Rsl Wannabe
Rsl Wannabe 29 日 前
My trainer said HIghschool and below balls arent juiced. Minor league balls are juiced. IN the MLB 500 foot moonshot homeruns would be a normal 400 foot homerun.
bouytt guyt
bouytt guyt ヶ月 前
Wasn’t really a baseball fan tbh but you’re videos really make me see the sport a different way. Awesome content bro!
DHVF ヶ月 前
This is why I love baseball, no other sport has any problem even close to this and I love it for the intricacy and chaos that it brings
Britt Gardner
Britt Gardner 18 日 前
I honestly think any time you get into a professional-level sport, you're going to see very minor gear differences that amateurs would never notice having a huge effect on total performance. This is probably most prominent in motorsports, which is why any major motorsport has a rulebook about as long as three Bibles, but I have no doubt a guy who does nothing in his professional life but throw baseballs will notice an immense difference in performance from a 9% increase in lace thickness or the exact grade of cowhide used in the cover.
TheInfectous 22 日 前
@Sneersh I mean, ironically players caused the issues. The players being babies and demanding new balls or multiple balls per pitch resulting in supply chain shortages which then resulted in changes to the process and multiple different kinds of balls being used per match. As long as only one type of ball was used per game then it is petty, the other team has to play with the same type which would've been the case had players not produced so much waste needlessly. Inconsistency is a part of physical sports at least until the far future when we can make entire stadiums out of synthetic materials and 3D print baseballs, if they wanted consistency they should've played video games.
TheInfectous 22 日 前
This happens in not only every other sport but also every single subject, field, hobby and interest taken to the highest level. Everything when taken to a professional level has insane levels of intricacy and chaos resulting from the smallest changes.
blingn007 25 日 前
ummm boxing??
Canonx-Gameplays y diversion
Footboll has the same problem, look at the story of the mythical "Jabulani".
misolou fout
misolou fout ヶ月 前
Love the content man, the delivery and just the videos in general are genuinely entertaining. Keep up the great work!
-SOFFY-- Go To My ChanneI! L!VE NOW
Anyone who’s been watching baseball for years knows something is up. You can hear when a batter makes great contact and this year I’ve seen a lot of balls that were absolutely crushed that stay in the park…. It’s obvious
Fred Hurst
Fred Hurst ヶ月 前
copy pasta much?
Chris ヶ月 前
Great video, especially on the practical elements of controlling ball characteristics. The typical person accusing the league of manipulating the ball for some in-game consequence generally doesn't realize how insane that would be. Even if the balls were all exactly the same, there is no way to accurately predict how drag will act on the ball throughout the course of a season. Drag is the most important element affecting the ball's trajectory, but the coefficient of drag and cross-sectional area of the ball (i.e. the shape and make of the ball) get way too much attention in the live-ball era. Those elements are at their most significant in pitching because the other factors in drag from the mound to home are more consistent. Once the ball is hit in the air, velocity, altitude, weather, and temperature are so dynamic that minor variance in make has mathematically chaotic predictability. A ball hit exactly the same way with exactly the same make can vary in trajectory just from the variance of the other factors (most noticeably in Denver) enough to account for a 50 ft discrepancy. The amount of variance increases with time relative to initial observation, so watching the ball travel through the air makes it seem more predictable than it is. Then consider how often variance in final location actually affects game outcomes. Because HRs are defined by a threshold instead of a gradient of fielder ability, we notice that variance a lot more. Additionally, we tend to assume randomness doesn't exhibit apparent patterns (they aren't actually linear patterns, but they look like them), so we embrace superstition as an explanation of simply random behavior.
J Woe
J Woe 2 日 前
I remember feeling the baseballs with the lower/smoother stitches for the first time. I knew we were going to see record levels of homeruns that year. I thought MLB was doing it on purpose. I still think that way. Changing suppliers was simply a way to shift culpability.
Art Vandalay
Art Vandalay 日 前
Its likely just them trying to make balls cheap as possible lol, changing the balls is probably something they think about after the fact, not on purpose
Fuzzy ヶ月 前
SUB TO THIS MAN!! Best baseball channel on YT right now 👏🏻
have a happy day
have a happy day ヶ月 前
Now this was a very informed, interesting video, unbelievably produced, must have taken a lot of time. This video will teach everyone something about a baseball.
HeadNtheClouds ヶ月 前
I love Jomboy lip readings & game highlights so much too!
M D ヶ月 前
Average shrek Stan
Foolish baseball still exists, ya know
Tony Bleau
Tony Bleau ヶ月 前
Him and foolish. I think Foolish does even more research but this channel really knows how to put their videos together 👌 I think foolish has better in depth videos though
weibo coiu
weibo coiu ヶ月 前
Oh man, just remembering the Almora Jr. one and hearing the whole stadium react to it makes me feel absolutely terrible. Almora breaking down crying is sad to see, too.
Delta-P ヶ月 前
im a former d1 player and this went into a depth even I havent gone into. very interesting. I love the stats. I played a game where they switched balls when we were up a few runs. Im a pitcher so I could tell they were different. they were smoother. Our biggest hitter was slamming balls that were just dying mid air. singles that should have been doubles. it was like hitting a wiffle ball.
Carlos C.
Carlos C. ヶ月 前
Awesome video. I think there are some other variables to consider as well, such as differences in how the batters are swinging, environmental conditions, differences in pitching, differences in the bats perhaps? I think the sport is more fun to watch when there's more action on the bases, regardless of how long the game goes. That's just my opinion though.
Gasoline Dreams
Gasoline Dreams ヶ月 前
This was a really well done video. Graduate level dissertation on MLB baseballs!
Mavka ヶ月 前
Everything about Steve Bartman is so sad to me now. Kid was clearly a mega fan, got excited to finally catch a ball, life ruined. Poor dude
Roy Tofilovski
Roy Tofilovski 23 日 前
@dspsblyuth But the idea could have been his. The statement written by a lawyer based on his idea.
Sneersh ヶ月 前
@AJA Music Not to mention Dusty's horrible management, I don't remember who was pitching for the Cubs but Dusty left him in way longer than he should've while he was getting shelled.
Yellow River Boy
Yellow River Boy ヶ月 前
This shows how pathetic humanity is in general when overrun by primitive instincts
KeyserSoze26B ヶ月 前
@IceTeaZ literally everyone around him was trying to catch the ball just like he was trying to do. Also fans did this all the time. Wtf you talking about. Stop blaming foul ball and fan because the professional players on the field had a complete epic choke. Your that classic dude that always blames everyone else for your mistakes and can never take responsibility for yourself, always wanting to blame anyone and everyone else but yourself. If you think Bartman is what lost the Cubs that game your delusional. Not to mention they still even had a chance to win the next game after that to still win the series. All the errors the PLAYERS made to lose that game, all the runs they gave up and you blame it all on a fan trying to catch a ball that was literally in the stands. Baaaaahahahaha
BType13X2 ヶ月 前
@Pax Humana When you see comments like that, assume they are spam, made by a bot account. That is the only thing that account posts and there is no response to any interaction. Report for spam and leave it be.
Shane Flores
Shane Flores ヶ月 前
Oh man, just remembering the Almora Jr. one and hearing the whole stadium react to it makes me feel absolutely terrible. Almora breaking down crying is sad to see, too.
Chaos Thierry
Chaos Thierry ヶ月 前
"In 1921 a fan sued MLB for mental anguish" Wow.... that reads like a headline out of 2022. We haven't really changed as a society and we've always been nutty.
lazarbro ヶ月 前
6:50 this probably had more to do with the Spit ball being banned midway through 1920. The jump in homeruns was the biggest between 20 and 21 compared to any two years in this timespan
Benjamin Lewis
Benjamin Lewis ヶ月 前
Working in yarn manufacturing I can tell you that the variation could be in the yarn. There's ways to measure and average these differences but eventually you end up with a couple different batches that fall on each end of the specification.
have a happy day
have a happy day ヶ月 前
Now this was a very informed, interesting video, unbelievably produced, must have taken a lot of time. This video will teach everyone something about a baseball.
Rvve Duio
Rvve Duio ヶ月 前
this just shows how small changes can really effect outcomes when it comes to aerodynamics
Aaron Lopez
Aaron Lopez ヶ月 前
Dude I love how your entire video feels like an intro. Seriously the best baseball content
Big Money Thiccums
Hearing all of this just makes me love baseball even more. What other sport on earth has equipment that is made from literal centuries old river mud?
Hudson Saccone
Hudson Saccone ヶ月 前
This man’s content is impeccable.
Debby Lou
Debby Lou 23 日 前
😂😂😂 I actually just commented on how misleading and error ridden this was. Sorry, but my family's religion is baseball. For example, implying that MLB enforces getting the balls back from fans stopped in the 1920's, yet he implies it's still a thing
John Moore
John Moore 24 日 前
Calm down, man. Baseball isn't real.
Oliver Oliver cloths-off
Truly a fact
Eric Downs
Eric Downs 25 日 前
I don't care about baseball but I love the videos lol
mushy 17 日 前
When I was really young I caught a foul ball. This old lady yanked it away and wouldn't give it back. Her reasoning, she donates them to kids(yeah right) after she literally just yanked it out of a 6 year olds hands. I've never gotten another one since. At least I rest easy knowing that miserable old bag has passed on
Rock girl
Rock girl ヶ月 前
Love the content man, the delivery and just the videos in general are genuinely entertaining. Keep up the great work!
Drew Lorenzo
Drew Lorenzo ヶ月 前
Never seen one of your videos before hearing you with Jared and Dallas on Baseball Is Dead. Almost didn't believe you're the same guy as your voice and delivery are completely different in your videos than on the pod. Keep up the good work with both.
sumeahs king
sumeahs king ヶ月 前
Gotta say when I see a new vid from this channel it makes for a great time. Appreciate the work. You do a great job. Keep it up, you're on to something
misolou fout
misolou fout ヶ月 前
PETA acting like cows be offended
khH877 24 日 前
Someone tell me. Why am I still love to watch baseball even after watching this video? Why do I still care about players' records that depend on the stupid balls and many awful judges of umpires? By the way, I know the only player who doesn't complain about the ball. It's that great two-way player : )
Simon M
Simon M ヶ月 前
Phenomenal video, kept me hooked the whole time. Not once did I even check to see how many minutes remained. I had no idea this was an issue, thank you for presenting it so clearly!
zijuiy wttuy
zijuiy wttuy ヶ月 前
Wasn’t really a baseball fan tbh but you’re videos really make me see the sport a different way. Awesome content bro!
Mike Mele
Mike Mele ヶ月 前
The two Todd Frazier clips back to back were my favorite 😂😂 Especially the one when he is on the Mets. My dude threw the bat expecting an out and it just got over the fence, amazing job on the video!!
PNW Nighthorse
PNW Nighthorse ヶ月 前
I love how corrupt baseball is. Gives us unending speculation.
Carlos Colon
Carlos Colon 7 日 前
For real
Oatmeal 18 日 前
You should look up Fifa lol
Ryan Jacobson
Ryan Jacobson 18 日 前
Actually the other North American sports leagues are much less forthcoming about scandals than MLB is. In fact, the NFL only says that a few games were "confirmed" to be affected by player gambling. Yeah right.
The Metanarrative
How is it corrupt. Both teams are playing with the same balls?
DerKrampus 22 日 前
@Tjena Donn Used to know an old NASCAR tech who described the process thusly: "Imagine that the rule book is a prison cell. Your job is to find the weakest brick and chip away at it. (ie, find a loophole and exploit it.) Once it breaks away, NASCAR will come in and place a new brick in the wall, so you start over with the next weakest one."
D. D.
D. D. ヶ月 前
Every time I watch a video like this it makes me appreciate the greatness of Hank Aaron even more.
Phili the Gamer
Phili the Gamer ヶ月 前
Don't pretend that Hank Aaron's career wasn't entirely legit either.
Nice research, I would love to see the research on how pitchers throw faster now and making contact with faster speeds equates to longer distance. For example, if you throw a ball harder against a flat concrete wall, it will bounce back much faster than if you throw it slowly. See my point.
bodoti qwiu
bodoti qwiu ヶ月 前
It’s always a joy to watch this man’s videos
aswer huio
aswer huio ヶ月 前
It’s always a joy to watch this man’s videos
Casey Michel
Casey Michel ヶ月 前
Anyone who’s been watching baseball for years knows something is up. You can hear when a batter makes great contact and this year I’ve seen a lot of balls that were absolutely crushed that stay in the park…. It’s obvious
Johhnies16 ヶ月 前
yea very true and look at all the low score totals i feel like every game this season has gone under in the total
Jim Townsend
Jim Townsend ヶ月 前
I think it's the humidors. Every park has one now, and they basically make the ball soggy. Ask any guy who's ever thrown or hit a wet baseball, and he'll tell you it's like a ball of wet rags - heavy and goes nowhere.
Dan Gurtler
Dan Gurtler ヶ月 前
​@dspsblyuth All they have to do to shorten the field is put up a new inner fence and redo the warning tracks. And that has been done before. But a team doing that might upset its pitchers. Pitchers still want to come to the Yankees because of money, even with the short porch in right.
Jason Bartlett
Jason Bartlett ヶ月 前
For sure. I can definitely hear the difference off the bat.
akaredcrossbow ヶ月 前
So many times I’ve said that ball is crushed, and is gone, only to be caught a few feet before the warning track🤔. MLB needs to find the perfect ball, balanced 50/50 for pitchers and hitters.
Basement Artie
Basement Artie 14 日 前
I don’t follow sports but I found this very interesting. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to discuss this with my cousin who is a well-known sports caster. I want to get his take..
Andrew Shaffer
Andrew Shaffer 19 日 前
I literally have never watched a major league baseball game in my life and really only ever played with my dad way back in the day, but this was fascinating.
Husky 4 日 前
Having the same ball throughout the year is definitely essential. But a slight change if done periodically spices the game up a little in my mind.
toijg avnnr
toijg avnnr ヶ月 前
It’s always a joy to watch this man’s videos
David Luchsinger
David Luchsinger ヶ月 前
The stats and scientific research, historical context and media, and other depth you include in these videos is AMAZING. Keep taking us into the weeds!
Darth Vader
Darth Vader 23 日 前
@have a happy day Colin Flaherty's videos.
Debby Lou
Debby Lou 23 日 前
Despite being wrong 😂😂😂
have a happy day
have a happy day ヶ月 前
Now this was a very informed, interesting video, unbelievably produced, must have taken a lot of time. This video will teach everyone something about a baseball.
Ness Sixteen
Ness Sixteen ヶ月 前
@Darth Vader Can you speak like a human and explain your point
Darth Vader
Darth Vader ヶ月 前
@Ness Sixteen God bless Palestine and her eternal capitol, Jerusalem. ✝ 🇵🇸
hen ko
hen ko ヶ月 前
It’s always a joy to watch this man’s videos
scott lowson
scott lowson 26 日 前
I'm English. I love sports. I found this fascinating and wondered if the same thing could be applied to cricket balls? It would explain our Test record over the last 50 years.
Ian Ayers
Ian Ayers ヶ月 前
My fiance was laughing her ass off in the first 5 minutes of this. That Charlie Sheen and Chef shit is hilarious and I have no idea how I never heard of them, especially as a Cubs fan! Lmao
Tyler Harris
Tyler Harris ヶ月 前
It really says something about the dedication and expertise players put into the game that they can tell even the slightest of changes in the balls and how those tiny changes will are affecting the game.
Sinon ヶ月 前
This channel and Jomboy are solely responsible for why i re-became a baseball fan, these intros are awesome
StreetArtMuzik ヶ月 前
You and me both!! Just went to my first game tonight in over 20 years!! CLE V KC - was some of the most fun I’ve had in a long time, and I owe it to these two gentleman!!!
TheGoodChap ヶ月 前
Theyre doing God's work
Phili the Gamer
Phili the Gamer ヶ月 前
@Adam Coe Secret Base is a great channel
Adam Coe
Adam Coe ヶ月 前
[Secret Base has entered the chat]
🐯WHO-DEY🏉 ヶ月 前
I can't bring myself to watch, but Jomboy, this guy, and SRS have kept me in the loop I would say, I am just an NFL fan and this is my off time. Glad these guys have made the awesome content that brought us back and I hope I can get behind my Reds again
Buschwick 3 日 前
This is very easy to resolve since we all know at this level even minor changes to the ball will affect both pitchers and batters. 1: Pitchers and batters accept that no two baseballs will be the same. 2: MLB stockpiles and mixes 1.5m baseballs to use for next season. 3: MLB uses leftovers after the season to mix in with next batch of 1.5m to stockpile. Problem solved. Equally as challenging to both pitcher and batter.
Jonathan W
Jonathan W 16 日 前
Depending on how much of this is accurate, it basically calls into question everything legitimate about the sport. There are way too many opportunities for teams, players, umps, owners or even the league itself to bring in a few different balls to be used at certain times. Then the evidence conveniently disappears into the crowds.
jamoecw 24 日 前
they could deliver a kinetic shock to the ball and measure the reaction, similar to noise canceling devices or many other devices that measure differences in kinetic waves. this would tell how each ball is in terms of its characteristics when hit, even if it is something small. the technology is cheap enough for this to be done to each ball to try and get more consistency.
jamoecw 24 日 前
@CʀᴀғᴛAᴇʀᴏ that is correct.
@jamoecw In manufacturing, statistical process control for "one time use" products would be performed in "lots" or batches. ie) Make 1,000 "products", test one. If it fails, the entire lot is rejected and the process halted for corrective action.
jamoecw 24 日 前
@CʀᴀғᴛAᴇʀᴏ it is true that it would be altered, but a strong bass thump shouldn't affect the helmet's durability by any noticeable amount, and if it does the test would reveal that (and at that point i would rather have had the test rather than get an overly fragile helmet). in any case consistency is the goal for the balls and not ensuring a specific durability, so if they all end up with the same characteristics from the test then you know they all perform the same.
Problem is, once you deliver that shock, you've altered the ball. I wouldn't want to buy a helmet that has previously been shock tested.
Justin Molina
Justin Molina ヶ月 前
8:19 the only reason why Astros was able to hit home runs was from the trash can and cameras
Jaydra Dawn
Jaydra Dawn ヶ月 前
"What did I see wrong? ... He's at first base." I don't know why, but that was fucking hysterical.
Bipolar Mind Droppings
Imagine if just changing the stitching on a football (soccer) meant we went from the average score being 1-1, 2-1 to 4-4, 4-3, 5-4. Its bonkers that such a small change can have that kind of effect on a baseball...
Blank Life
Blank Life ヶ月 前
can we all appreciate how much research he must have done to do this video
oober goober
oober goober 17 日 前
Thanks for the perspective on this. Haven't watched in years, since Bud Selig ruined the game but it's still nice to know.
Nick Anderson
Nick Anderson ヶ月 前
Imagine being the MLB's official Mudman.
Cliff H
Cliff H 20 日 前
dan John Adams and John Quincy Adams were the 2nd and 6th presidents. They were father and son. What do you mean never meant to happen? It happened the 6th time.
DårK Šøûł
DårK Šøûł ヶ月 前
@Cliff H Sounds like my ex-wife. Good times
Cliff H
Cliff H ヶ月 前
Imagine being MLBs official inspector of balls. An official ball fondler with business cards and W2s.
mokeimusic 21 日 前
You made baseball interesting, going to check your other videos and might actually watch a baseball game.
Johni South
Johni South 27 日 前
I knew it. Even back in the 90's. Business men are the problem. Manfred and the owners. Not all owners. We need ballplayers who love the game the way it was.
matt s
matt s ヶ月 前
I’d always been good at calling HR off the bat, rather at the game or watching the broadcast. This year (2022) I was very often calling HR that weren’t making it and starting to question myself through the first couple weeks of the season. It wasn’t till a bit later that I started started hearing about it in the baseball news. On a side-note. It’s Alek Monoah, not “Alex”.
Armas Rammo
Armas Rammo ヶ月 前
When the MLB does this for reasons that only they know and by means that only they control, it is little wonder that players whose financial lives are to a great part based on this manipulation by their 'boss', do what they can to engage in some kind of counteractive subterfuge of their own with this ball.
Yuta Kanagawa
Yuta Kanagawa ヶ月 前
Japan's NPB has no problem with their balls. EVERY Japanese pitcher that's pitched in the MLB has complained about the ball slipping out and causing injury. That's one of the main reasons Japanese pitcher struggle in their first couple of seasons. I've heard complaints about the mound hardness not being consistent either.
Furluge 3 時間 前
@JayTB Japan is 145,920 square miles. California is 163,696 square miles. Look up a map of them overlayed sometime.
JayTB 22 時間 前
@Furluge Japan is a little too big to be comparable to California.
Furluge 21 日 前
Well of course they have issues. They're going from one league to another and they both have totally different standards and rules. IIRC the strikezone isn't even the same between the two. Japan's NPB is also only 12 teams to MLB's 30. A NPB team has 125 games in the regular season vs MLB's 165. That puts NPB at 750 regular season games (125x12/2) vs MLB 2430 regular season games (165x30/2). Add into the fact that Japan is about the size of California. NPB needs fewer balls for fewer games and has to transport those balls shorter distances compared to MLB. It's no wonder NPB has an easier time with material consistency.
Bob Blankenship
Bob Blankenship ヶ月 前
I've only watch about two minutes of your video and THANK YOU ,THANK YOU ,THANK YOU!!! I have said baseballs have been juiced for years, especially during the Growth Hormone years. Glad someone has said it out loud. Now that being said I maybe made to be a complete idiot by the end of this . 😁
[MARIA]H0T Girl-C0me 0ver L!ve
The stats and scientific research, historical context and media, and other depth you include in these videos is AMAZING. Keep taking us into the weeds!
J man J
J man J 23 時間 前
12:45, How in the F does it cost almost ten dollars per ball to make a baseball? They have to manufacture a couple of million of them...just for MLB...and just for the regular season...each and every season. Plus, they have MLB (and the minor leagues with all of their affiliates doing the same) spring training and playoffs. Add to this all of the college teams in training and the regular season and their playoffs, and all of the Little League Baseball teams from the USA to Japan to the Caribbean. That's a lot of baseballs! This begs the question, at least in my mind, of, "Who in the Hell is running this operating division?"
Joseph Colella
Joseph Colella ヶ月 前
One of the best baseball documentaries ever. Thank u. Very informative
Matt ヶ月 前
Honestly, around the middle when they were changing the process of making baseballs I think they didn’t understand how seemingly insignificant changes like using thicker laces would affect the entire ball.
CharlesFreck ヶ月 前
@Vincent Jacobs Aerodynamics are an art not unlike pure magic. Such a high degree of randomness is involved with aerodynamics that can completely change how they work. F1 has been intensely studying Aerodynamics for 50 years and yet they literally cannot simulate it, and even their wind tunnel testing is a vague estimate at best. Aerodynamics once you get to a small enough scale become almost impossible to predict. The exact weight, shape, size, flexibility, temperature of the air, humidity, position of the sun, slight breezes, anything can result in a huge amount of randomisation. A wind tunnel to test balls would be superfluous is the point I'm making. It's like testing a newly assembled car engine by looking at it. You don't really learn anything.
Art Smith
Art Smith ヶ月 前
When they getting quotes for the string, how could there not have been +/- limits for thickness, density, tensile strength, etc.?
dspsblyuth ヶ月 前
@Vincent Jacobs of course not. They can’t even afford to hire qualified umpires
Vincent Jacobs
Vincent Jacobs ヶ月 前
You'd think the MLB would have a wind tunnel to test the impact of proposed manufacturing changes on the aerodynamics on the ball.
dspsblyuth ヶ月 前
When considering aerodynamics everything micron matters
Nathan Bronstein
I remember when baseballers would proudly display their baseball scars as signs of manliness and social status.
MSSynsyterGates ヶ月 前
Your videos are amazing as always. I don't even watch baseball but this is so interesting, I even watched the ad. WTF is with the magic mud though?
possumverde ヶ月 前
Comparing this season with last, it appears that movement related stats like Whiff% have noticeably increased and pitchers are leaning on their junk balls more. That strongly suggests that there's been an increase to drag and possibly a slight drop in mass as well. Both of those changes would increase pitch movement and shorten flight distances as well (especially on hits with less than ideal launch angles.) Pitch velocity is also up which would be expected with a slight decrease in mass. Exit velocity has also noticeably increased. It's hard to say if that is the result of the pitch velocity increase alone or if they've increased the compression on the core of the ball a bit as well. I don't think MLB has any physicists on the payroll. If they did, then they'd quit making changes to properties which do more than affect flight distance, standardize all other parts of the ball, and simply use the ratio of natural/butyl rubber layers surrounding the cork at the core (or drop the cork entirely and just use the two types of rubber only) to alter flight distance. Butyl rubber isn't very compressible and thus increasing it's amount would lead to lower exit velocities and thus shorten flight distance, while having no noticeable effect on other properties. They would even be able to fine tune compression/exit velocities to specific playing fields like Coors for example.
Gerald Montagna
Gerald Montagna 26 日 前
From time to time I've heard Sterling & Waldman be flabbergasted at how a ball that wasn't hit hard at all just flew straight into the stands. 2019 was a ridiculous season, and we are still paying for it in the sense that the expectations for players got warped. Players who hadn't done much of anything before or afterwards were treated as superstars, but the fact was that just about anyone who got 500 at bats hit 30 homers. This past offseason Brian Cashman tried obsessively to trade Gleyber Torres by selling his 2019 stats, and fortunately the other GMs had the sense to laugh at him. Michael Conforto thought he could get a superstar free agent contract by selling his 2019 stats, and again sensible GMs realized that wasn't typical of him. Just look at the 30 homer guys in 2019 and you'll see guys whose names you've forgotten or never knew.
des 29 日 前
I told my grandpa about the PETA thing and the naming of the bullpen to something like arm barn and he looked me in the eyes with a straight face and said “or the arm pit” and I lost it at a baseball game and had many ppl staring at me 😂
Tom Just Tom
Tom Just Tom ヶ月 前
I have a game used souvenir from 2017, when I attended a game in Denver. The ball is noticeably smaller than the ones I see at the store. I would that would give an advantage to the pitcher since there's less of a target for the batter to hit and the pitcher could bet a better grip on the ball (in fact, I got the ball just after it was used to strike out a batter).
whattabirb ヶ月 前
This man is the definition of quality over quantity
Bob Blankenship
Bob Blankenship ヶ月 前
Well made it to the end and kinda feel smarter than I thought. Baseballs have been juiced forever. Thank you sir a video very well made. Glad I watched I am now a dedicated subscriber sir.
Unlike other sports, baseball not only has different fields for each game, but also the ball could be different as well. Such a weird sport and I love it!
Phili the Gamer
Phili the Gamer ヶ月 前
Why do yoyu love MLB?
sethrotull1 27 日 前
This was the most concise look at the MLB ball inconsistencies (tampering) I’ve ever seen. Great stuff bro. You got yourself a new fan. 🤘🏻 👍🏻
Tom Gates
Tom Gates 28 日 前
When our local team played Tampa, the broadcasters performed a test. In 2019 one of our players hit a homer into the Ray Tank. Ball floated. Broadcasters noted that the 2022 ball sank. So they got an official MLB ball from 2019 and current 2022 ball and dropped both into the Ray Tank. 2019 ball still floated. 2022 ball sank like a rock. OK MLB, tell us again that you have done 'NOTHING TO CHANGE THE BASEBALL'.
Brian McGrath
Brian McGrath ヶ月 前
I love your videos, and this one is fascinating, but for the love of Teddy Williams, baseballs go f-A-rther, not further, when speaking about distance. "Further" relates to ideas, concepts, etc. "Farther" compares distances. It's driving me nuts!
L U K E   T H E   N U K E
I have a 2017 ball and a 2019 postseason ball that I caught at rays games and I can confirm the stitches are slightly larger on the 2017 ball. 🤦‍♂️
Ramonatho ヶ月 前
This problem is so similar to what basically any sports league goes through with rule changes, but this specific problem reminds me a lot of how FIFA is more a shady business than a compassionate league structure.
Feelsgoodman ヶ月 前
But rule changes are known ahead of time, so theoretically you know how to tailor your game to accommodate it. If the balls being pitched to you are literally random or change from game to game, you have no idea whether the best play is to try and bomb it thinking it's a juiced ball, or try and line drive it, knowing that it's a dead ball and going for a homer will just be a fly out every time.
dspsblyuth ヶ月 前
I like to think of FIFA as a mafia with a rec league
I like turtles
I like turtles ヶ月 前
Soccer makes baseball look exciting
Evan Allen
Evan Allen ヶ月 前
To paraphrase a sad toucan “fifa is more mafia than sports league”
Ian H
Ian H ヶ月 前
I really don’t watch baseball anymore but this channel always fascinates me the videos. Great content.
Biohazard ヶ月 前
Im sure as many others can attest to, new balls perform much different to even slightly used ones. I was a catcher for the 12 years i played and pitchers much preferred new balls to older ones due to grip and wear on the laces. I dont know how accurate it is but I’ve seen wayy more balls that have been hit at least once get wacked for homers than brand new balls too
Gas Gotti
Gas Gotti ヶ月 前
Holy hell…. I’ve seen your channel, more than triple in subscribers in a little over a year. Quality over everything! Another banger!
Matt Mamba
Matt Mamba ヶ月 前
Every time I finish one of your videos, I feel like I can finally breathe again!
MoLewis57 ヶ月 前
Babe Ruth hit 54 home runs in 1920, a year before the yarn change in 1921. The "deadball" era ended in 1919 ( when Ruth 29 home runs ). From 1920, the game changed so that balls would be frequently changed during the game, which made the ball more lively over the course of a game. Babe Ruth hit more home runs per at bat in 1920, than he did in any other season, so 1921 does not mark when Ruth started to hit more home runs. The delineation point was definitely 1920, when the deadball era ended. The reason why other players started to hit more home runs in 1921 and later, is that they learned from watching Ruth it made sense to start swinging for the fences, rather than use the contact hitting strategies of the deadball era. So, in short, Ruth become a better home run hitter when the ball changed, but that happened in 1920 before the yarn change.
dahlke_ ヶ月 前
I watch a lot of JPvid, normally just in the background, when this guy's videos come up I have to stop what I'm doing to watch, fantastic content!
James Campbell
James Campbell 26 日 前
Amazing video. Been telling people for 20 years about the articles coming out in late 90s about the balls being juiced in the steroid era before it came out that the players were on steroids.
Alan Green
Alan Green 29 日 前
Regardless of the condition of the balls, isn't it still a "level playing field" since it would seem to affect all teams and players equally?
Cy ヶ月 前
The way he laughed when he said the mud they rub on mlb baseballs is at a public swamp made me chuckle
Corey Golphenee
Corey Golphenee ヶ月 前
@Art Smith they have multiple mini docs on them over the years, the camera crew gets taken out blindfolded, it's in the middle of nowhere new Jersey in a private swamp,
Art Smith
Art Smith ヶ月 前
@Corey Golphenee I don't believe this video showed collecting the actual mud -- else its location wouldn't be a secret. The same mud ends up on top for decades? Not likely.
Corey Golphenee
Corey Golphenee ヶ月 前
@Art Smith it's more like ultra fine top layer slit, when you watch them scoop it out it's mostly water, I would imagine it probably ends up on top because of the hydrology of the water near it, and pitchers are the exact dudes to keep the mud
Art Smith
Art Smith ヶ月 前
This seems more like a superstition -- or a sweetheart deal -- than a standard. How consistent can surface mud be over decades?
Alex H
Alex H 16 日 前
honestly, the answer might be MORE variation. With so many balls and such tight specs, small changes have drastic effects. If balls were intentionally allowed more variability (imperceptible to players) it would do a better job of averaging out.
Just Arkon
Just Arkon ヶ月 前
This is why I love baseball, no other sport has any problem even close to this and I love it for the intricacy and chaos that it brings
Moist Grundle
Moist Grundle ヶ月 前
Music was a bit loud toward the end there, and I was having a hard time hearing the speech. Otherwise, as always, top quality content. 👍🏻
Skott Lee
Skott Lee 14 日 前
I've had the name Mark McGwire stuck in my head for ages. Now thanks to this random baseball video I know who he is.
Crimson Yeti
Crimson Yeti ヶ月 前
Great video! I hadn't though about the deformation of balls before, but it immediately reminded me of the game when Shohei Ohtani hit his 100th MLB homerun. The Angel's commentators were given the opportunity to see the ball afterwards, and at least 5 times they mentioned how the ball was hit so hard it wasn't even a sphere anymore.
TheGoodChap ヶ月 前
I love ohtani so it hurts to know all this shady shit going on behind the scenes :(
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