Pedro Martinez floats theory explaining uptick in HRs: Smaller baseballs
Pedro Martinez recently floated a theory that arguably could help explain how Major League Baseball is set to obliterate the single-season home run record, and the Hall of Fame pitcher believes it has everything to do with the size of baseballs being used, which he contends are smaller.
“I’ve seen a lot of homers that shouldn’t be homers,” Martinez stated, per an AP report, via ESPN.
Martinez provided visual evidence to support his theory that baseballs are smaller.
Martinez squeezed his name and Hall of Fame year (2015) and uniform number (45) between the seams on the ball and used the tight fit to further illustrate his case that the ball is juiced.
“For those of you that doubt it, that don’t know it, look how small my signature needs to be,” he said. “Some of the skinniest fingers. If I want to throw a two-seam fastball, there’s no way I can get my two fingers in there and not touch the seams over there.”
The current record for home runs hit in a season was set in 2017 when players smashed 6,105 round-trippers. At the current pace, that record has no chance whatsoever to stand. Further, the Minnesota Twins are all but certain to break the single-season home run record by a team, which was set just last season by the New York Yankees (264), as the team sits with 219 homers and it’s only early August.
Major League Baseball unsurprisingly has declined to legitimize the myriad arguments being espoused about why baseballs are leaving the ballpark at an alarming rate. Pundits and the like argue the torrid home-run outburst this season can be solely attributed to baseballs being juiced. The league, not shockingly, deflected such charges, but perhaps Martinez is on to something with his suspicions that the balls are smaller.