MLB Commissioner, Rob Manford, denies any intestinal manipulation. Tony Clark, the players’ association’s executive director, begs to differ. Mr. Manford acknowledged that the sports is considering new specifications. And, beneath it all is an interesting conflict of interest. MLB purchased the manufacturer of baseballs, Rawlings, in 2016 for $395 million. Mr. Manford says that the purchase was made in order to keep Rawlings, a major supplier for the sport, viable. The hits and the home-runs just keep coming as the rabbit balls keep hoping up.
From steroids to humidors, the MLB is a study on a sport, players, and teams who behave as amoral technicians. They take their toes right to the line. They will not step over the line (they think), but they are unapologetic about what they are doing because they do not see the issues. Were the Barometer working on this issue of the baseballs and resulting homers the message to the MLB Commissioner would be: Change the specs, sell Rawlings to someone else, and live with the number of homers that come naturally. How many times do we have to walk through the Valleys of the Shadows of Pushing the Envelope before we begin to rein in players, teams, leagues, and fans.