During this weekend’s Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals game, FOX Sports broadcaster Tim McCarver, he of not being able to properly count the number of letters in the word strike, offered his opinion on why there are more home runs being hit these days.
It has not been proven, but I think ultimately it will be proven that the air is thinner now, there have been climactic changes over the last 50 years in the world, and I think that’s one of the reasons balls are carrying much better now than I remember. I think they’re going to find that out one of these days, yes I do … that’s a theory, but we’ll see.
A few notes:
- Thank goodness Mr. McCarver prefaced his statement by informing us that it hasn’t been proven. I would have been so confused, as I previously believed the broadcaster to be an environmental scientist.
- My favourite climactic change was at at the end of The Sixth Sense.
- Through thick and thin, I really don’t know what effects climate change has had on the air quality of our planet, but in discussing the issue with a few people over the weekend and today, I’m pretty sure I’ve spent more time thinking about the effects that climate change has had on our planet’s air quality than McCarver.
- It’s kind of interesting that despite the “thinner air” across North America, the home run rate at the Major League level and the home run rate at the Minor League level haven’t increased at the same rate.
If you ask the great baseball writer Roger Kahn, McCarver was one of the smartest men in baseball. I don’t think that was meant to reflect negatively on the rest of baseball. I have a sneaking suspicion that the joke here isn’t on Mr. McCarver. I think it’s on us. Mr. McCarver, at 70 years old, is punking all of us, saying bat shit crazy stuff just to see the response. I mean, he can’t be that oblivious, right?