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This is odd: Minor League Baseball Home Runs more than double using MLB baseball

Minor League Home Runs are up too…up 58% in 2019.

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Minor League Home Runs went up 58% percent in the first year the combined Triple-A level leagues used Major League Baseball’s baseball. The new baseball, we’re still not sure when it really went live, sometime in 2017 or 2018 is attributed to a major increase in home runs at the senior level.

MLB itself even admits the baseball is different saying it has “less drag”.

Hence the term juiced baseball.

From ESPN.com:

Home runs surged 58% at Triple-A this season following the switch to major league baseballs.

According to the organization that governs the minors, 5,752 homers were hit in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues. That’s up from 3,652 in 2018.

Rawlings provides baseballs for the majors and minors. The big league balls are manufactured in Costa Rica, the minor league balls in China.

Big league batters are on pace to break the season home run record next week with two-plus weeks remaining in the season.

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So far, the Washington Nationals have all the Mojo working against the Houston Astros in the 2019 World Series

The Nationals clearly have the momentum headed into Game 2 Wednesday night in Houston.

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As much as baseball appears to be about matchups and analytics, (2019 has heard a record number of “game of inches” being uttered), it really comes down to momentum.

Entering Game 1 of the 2019 World Series baseball people, fans, media, bettors and the like all had the Astros as heavy favorites. In fact, the Nationals were the biggest underdogs since the Colorado Rockies. Some of us don’t even remember the Rockies being in a World Series.

After coming from the Wild Card spot in the National League going through a hot Brewers team, an uber-talented Dodgers squad and then clean sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals, the Nationals do not fear the Astros.

The only contingent that was in love with the Astros was the contingent that hoped just for a moment that truly great starting pitching would be an automatic World Series victory. Well guess what? It may be but so does a hot-hitting 20-year old Juan Soto who went 3-for-4 Tuesday night with a fourth-inning home run and a fifth-inning two-RBI double to give Washington the win.

The Nationals are the hot team right now with clear focus who are playing the loose, nothing to lose, winning baseball that could very well end up in a title.

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Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker gets funnier with age

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Last night as Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker and Reds radio announcer Marty Brennaman chatted live on the air, it became quite apparent that Uecker, formely known as Mr. Baseball to a different generation, had no such thoughts of retirement.

Brennaman will call his final Cincinnati Reds game today on the radio ending a 46-year career. Retirement from a Hall of a Fame baseball career indeed.

Uecker, 85, is also enshrined in Cooperstown (as a broadcaster despite his illustrious playing career). When asked by Brennaman’s son, Thom, the Red’s TV play-by-play guy, if he would consider going the route of retirement, Uecker said he planned on staying. Uecker doesn’t want to quit and wants to go out with the mic in front of him.

And it was Uecker who celebrated with the boys in the clubhouse after the Brewers clinched a playoff spot. Check out the videos below.

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The Cubs will not be signing Bryce Harper

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Not that any serious Cubbies fan thought it was realistic, but today skipper Joe Maddon made it official during a fan Q&A session at the Cubs convention.

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