To be sure, the league-wide impact of tweaking the ball’s aerodynamics is small. According to Lindbergh and Lichtman, who note that their experiments are not definitive, the seam height and circumference changes only appeared in 2016, well after the midyear adjustment in 2015 that kicked off the home run surge (that part of the increase is likely attributable to increases in the balls’ bounciness). It’s likely that many factors are contributing to the ongoing spike in home run rates, including hitters adjusting their approaches and favorable weather conditions , but we now have a compelling explanation for the bulk of the spike.
Detroit Tigers : You have to be great to be taken highly at first base, and there are quite a few players who fit into that category. Over the last decade, Miguel Cabrera has been one of them, hitting the ball as well as anyone in that span, so it's understandable why he had a ADP in ESPN drafts this season. Big changes are in store going forward, however, as the Tigers are now rebuilding and Cabrera -- who turns 35 next April -- is having far and away the worst season of his 15-year career. This has an Albert Pujols -type of feel to it.
So here’s my advice to voters who ostensibly refuse to vote for anyone under serious PED suspicion … Get out in front of this thing, guys. Try to look ahead five or 10 years. See where this thing’s going to be. And don’t wait for that to happen. Instead of getting dragged, kicking and shouting and screaming all the while, to the inevitable conclusion, take the lead. Do some reporting. Put things into context. Celebrate the players — assuming you can find any — who spoke out against drug use within the Players Association. Write about the impacts of cheating without resorting to ill-devised moral crusades.