looking at ways to change to the ball, commissioner Rob Manfred says

Baseball is taking another look at the ball in response to home runs being hit in record numbers.Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told Forbes.com's Maury Brown that a new study of balls is underway and that a report will be submitted "shortly after the World Series."  The study is being conducted by the same scientists who examined balls in 2017 and 2018 in response to a spike in home runs that began in 2016. The main conclusion of their May 2018 report was that reduced drag on balls in flight may have contributed to the increase.MORE: batters break strikeout record for 12th season in a row Manfred couldn't say how the ball would change for the 2020 season once the report on the new study is issued."The only thing I'm prepared to say at this point and time is I do think that we need to see if we can make some changes that gives us a more predictable, consistent performance from the baseball," Brown quoted Manfred as saying in an interview. Brown posted Manfred's comments about the ball online Wednesday.Multiple pitchers maintain that the ball feels slicker and harder than balls produced in years past, and the results of a study by astrophysicist Meredith Wills seem to back up those claims. Wills told DAZN's "ChangeUp" on Sept. 15 that the balls produced for 2019 are unlike anything that has been previously produced. She also identified four key areas where this year's balls are "substantially different" from[......]

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