first_img Justin Verlander ‘100%’ believes MLB is juicing balls for more home runs “It’s a f—ing joke,” said Verlander, the Astros ace who will start for the AL in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. “Major League Baseball’s turning this game into a joke. They own Rawlings, and you’ve got Manfred up here saying it might be the way they center the pill. They own the f—ing company. If any other $40 billion company bought out a $400 million company and the product changed dramatically, it’s not a guess as to what happened. “We all know what happened. Manfred the first time he came in, what’d he say? He said, we want more offense. All of a sudden he comes in, the balls are juiced? It’s not coincidence. We’re not idiots.” Home runs are flying out of MLB parks at a record pace this year, leading many to speculate that the baseballs are “doctored,” so to speak.Not so, says MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. A day after All-Star Justin Verlander called the home run explosion “a f—ing joke,” claiming MLB has “juiced” the baseballs, Manfred reacted.  Baseball is on a pace to see 6,668 home runs this season, which would shatter the record of 6,105 set in 2017.Manfred says MLB has been transparent about the state of baseballs.“If we were going to do it, we would do it in a way that was transparent to the media and fans before making that change,” Manfred said (via “Baseball has done nothing, given no direction, for an alteration of the baseball,” Manfred said (via ESPN).Yet most everyone agrees the baseballs are not the same. Even Manfred concedes the balls — made by Rawlings, which is owned by MLB — are different. Verlander ripped that MLB/Rawlings connection in his scathing comments Monday. Related Newslast_img

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