Much has been done about MLB presumably “squeezing” baseball to generate an influx of home runs during the second half of the 2010s and, more recently, about top-tier pitchers like New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole potentially using illegal substances to doctor baseball and increase spin rates.
New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso played a baseball game before Wednesday’s game in the Baltimore Orioles, and it’s the one that surprised some fans and observers.
“The biggest concern is that Major League Baseball handles baseballs year after year depending on the free-agency class, or guys who are in an advanced part of their refereeing, so I think that’s a big problem: the ball is different every year alone, ”Alonso said Ryan Morik of SNY.
“With other sports, the ball is the same, like basketball, football, tennis, golf, the ball is the same. I think that’s the real problem with changing baseballs.”
“It’s a fact. The guys talked about it, but in 2019, there was a huge class of free agent pitchers, and that’s a pre-emptive squeeze ball. 2020 has been a weird year with the COVID season. , but now that we have “Back to playing a regular season with a ton of shortstops or player positions that are due and will be paid a lot of money … it’s not a coincidence, and I think that’s definitely something they do.”
Alonso also explained why he, as a batsman, is in favor of brooches that use sticky substances like Spider Tack during games: