In recent times, there has been much talk regarding certain changes on baseballs that are used on the MLB; several players and people linked with the sport have raised awareness on how the physics and composition of baseballs are quite different compared to some seasons ago.
Even MLB conducted an investigation to clarify these claims and indeed, they found out that baseballs are a little different now than the ones used a couple of seasons ago, but these changes are not substantial and they don't affect how the game is played.
However, now the Red Sox pitching staff have claimed that these changes are quite more extreme than MLB claimed them to be, as some of Boston pitchers (all of whom requested anonymity) spoke with Rob Bradford of WEEI about these changes.
The pitchers described the balls to be "flat" or "deformed", and also they have noticed that the baseballs have their warp increased this time. One of this pitchers said:
Opening Day in Tampa we got a ball back into the dugout and it was almost flat on one side," one Boston pitcher told Bradford. "I've never seen anything like it.
The Boston Red Sox are drawing new attention to Major League Baseball’s ongoing controversy surrounding the condition of its baseballs. Several Red Sox pitchers – all of whom requested anonymity – told Rob Bradford of WEEI on T... https://t.co/3l0rSMvq2w #sports #nfl #basketball pic.twitter.com/ZztO4X2cej— GlobalSportsCentre (@GlobalSportsCtr) 13 de junio de 2018
Another pitcher said:
It's frustrating. I don't really have a plan for throwing a baseball that's not round.
MLB is yet to clarify these claims made by one of the most dominant pitching staffs around the league.