For the third time in less than a year, an MLB player has "knocked the cover off the ball." While that sentence conjures images of Roy Hobbs, the reality of this feat is much less impressive.
The newest player with apparent Hulk-like strengh is the Rockies' Tony Wolters, who ripped the cover off a ball Tuesday against the Padres. Again, Wolters is the third player inless than a year to do this. Are MLB players getting stronger? Maybe, but that's not the issue here.
Maybe it's just thatMLB needs better balls.
Consider this rip from the Padres' Wil Myers last June.
Then watch this one off the bat of the Mets' Jose Reyes in September.
Just like Wolters' mighty cut, the other two ripsinvolved batters hitting nubbers off the end of the bat, with the odd angle of (slight) contact apparently just enough to tear the cowhide. More a product of physics than brute strength.
Sorry, baseball romantics. Nothing to see here.
Yes, MLB mightjust need better balls. Or, perhaps, better cows.