David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution spoke with a bullpen catcher today who explained the offensive bursts from the first weekend of the regular season by saying that the ball is harder this year, and that it’s been made like that to boost attendance.
Allegations of juiced balls seem to crop up whenever offensive numbers go up, but maybe we should wait until there’s a larger sample size than three or four games for each team before we assume anything.
For their part, Major League Baseball spokesman Pat Courtney denies that the ball has been altered in any way:
There has been no change whatsoever on the composition of the baseball or the process in which they are made.
And in case you’ve forgotten, here’s exactly how they’re made, handmade that is: