Writer/podcaster @ringer. @EWPod co-host and co-author of The MVP Machine and The Only Rule Is It Has to Work. Ex-@Grantland33, @FiveThirtyEight, @baseballpro.
You can catch me on @MLBNetwork 's MLB Now from 4-5 ET today. I'll be talking about the Betts extension, the wandering Blue Jays, the statistical strangeness of a 60-game season, and more with @JonHeyman , @Al_Leiter22 , Brian Kenny, and whoever this guy is.
On top of the COVID clusters that have jeopardized its season, MLB is also reeling from an unprecedented pitcher injury epidemic that has sidelined some of the sport's top arms. I wrote @ringer about why it's happening and whether it will continue.
As @pobguy has pointed out, without knowing the conditions under which the balls were stored in those three additional parks previously (which may or may not be the same as their atmospheric conditions), we can't predict whether exit velocity or scoring will increase or decrease.
The MLB-commissioned report on HR rates published last December concluded that "MLB should study the viability of employing humidors in all 30 parks to reduce the variability in storage conditions across the league," so it's likely that more will be installed in coming seasons.
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