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Editor: Thomas A. Smith
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School of Law

Friday, April 13, 2018

We X-Rayed Some MLB Baseballs. Here’s What We Found. | FiveThirtyEight

But while we now know what caused the spike in home runs at the turn of the century — even if we didn’t at the time — the reason for the most recent flurry of long balls remains an unsolved mystery. Any number of factors might have contributed to the home run surge, including bigger, stronger players or a new emphasis on hitting fly balls. But none of those possibilities looms larger than the ball itself.


My 14-year old and I have started watching the Padres together. I never thought I would say this, but I'm really enjoying it. The Padres seem not too terrible this year. But baseball is also different from the last time I checked.

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