The theory that baseballs are somehow being juiced simply doesn’t hold water, believes Rob Arthur of Five Thirty Eight. While the rate of home runs may have gone up, this is unlikely to be due to some recent changes. Certain factors like the Houston Astros being particularly skilled at hitting home runs, have affected statistics. Until now, they have hit 13 of them in five games. The theory that balls are being made slicker to fly farther also has holes in it. Balls with rougher surfaces simply tend to fly farther. Even the possibility of baseballs being slippery is unlikely to answer this phenomenon. Nothing has truly proven that they are being juiced.
While the MLB has repeatedly denied this, its baseballs are almost certainly being modified to fly farther, asserts Marc Normandin of SB Nation. Players themselves are convinced that something has changed that makes baseballs slicker. While the MLB remains coy on the subject, the most likely explanation is that they want to entertain fans with more home runs. Slippery balls are not just more aerodynamic, they are also harder for pitchers to manipulate, allowing for cleaner and harder batting. All the evidence shows that baseball has changed dramatically. While this may make the sport more fun, the MLB shouldn't hide what they are doing.