Jarrod Dyson made his spring debut. Jake Lamb hit a grand slam, driving in Peralta, Pollock, and Goldschmidt. In addition to two hits, Pollock played some defense. Unfortunately for Arizona, Chis Iannetta happened.
Fans can pick up single game tickets beginning Monday at 9 a.m.
One would think that the Commissioner would at least beup on the specifics of the controversial rule change before he talks about it in a press conference. Given how little this change is going to actually do for the game, I have a feeling this will be a point of conversation in the upcoming CBA negotiations. Until then, catchers and managers are still trying to figure out how to make things work.
Mathis, entering his 14th major league season and his second with the Diamondbacks, isn’t sure what to make of all of it. He genuinely looked and sounded perturbed when discussing the new rules.
Most everyone agrees that the Dodgers are still the team to beat in the NL West. What about the rest of the division?
Although not an entirely new practice, Philadelphia’s new manager, Gabe Kapler, is taking the concept of defensive switching in the outfield to a new level.
To almost no one’s surprise, a more in-depth look at baseballs used over the last five seasons has revealed a substantial difference in balls used in 2017. At least one pitcher is not happy with MLB.
All I’m saying is I don’t care if balls are juiced (seriously). We’re all using the same ball so it’s a fair field. My issue is I don’t like being lied to. I knew something was different. Century old records are being broken and numbers are skewed.— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) March 2, 2018
Been sitting on this... Exit velo and launch angle and it’s correlation to % chance of becoming a homer. 2014 vs. 2017 pic.twitter.com/UrfVVFVuJB— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) March 2, 2018
The Pit’s favourite tweeter got in on the conversation too.
I don't know man I got a memo in my locker that said "balls are the same. We said so. Bye.- MLB Science" So, I don't know what to believe.— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) March 2, 2018
I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of investigations regarding state of game balls, especially with the new move towards all teams being responsible for climate controlled storage of game balls.