It happens every year when the Rockies catch fire, win a few games in a dramatic fashion, make a charge up the standings in the NL West or NL Wild Card.Â A member of a rival organization breaks out the obligatory “Rockies must be changing balls again” comment.
This year’s asshat…
The voice of Sunday Night Baseball and San Francisco Giant radio broadcasts, the round mound of over-enunciation, Jon Miller.
There’s a feeling that the Rockies are doing something with the humidor-stored baseball, and sometimes late in games when the Rockies need help, that some non-humidor baseballs slip into the mix. Nobody has been able to prove it.Â To me it’s something that baseball needs to address.
1) Where is this feeling coming from?
Oh, Jon.Â You’re watching too much TV again.
No?Â Not that?
Is the feeling coming from the Giants clubhouse?Â If so, that’s great news for the Rockies.Â That means they are deep in the heads of a team they’ll be battling tooth and nail down the stretch.Â That’s a big mental edge.
2) Sometimes late in games when the Rockies need help?
The Rockies bullpen is sitting at home wondering how so many of them got in their hands the night Dustin Pedroia went yard thrice.
Todd Helton is sitting at home right now wondering why none of those balls came into play when he was batting.Â Poor guy.
3) Nobody has been able to prove it.
4) To me it’s something that baseball needs to address.
That good enough?
For Miller’s accusations to have a shred of merit to them, he would first have to understand the process that takes place. He clearly does not.Â If he did, his accusations wouldn’t just include the Colorado Rockies, they would also include the umpires and MLB itself.
MLB oversees and approves the entire process.
The umpires handle every baseball that will be used before the game and during the game.Â The differences in the texture of a baseball stored and not stored would be palpable to an umpire.Â It would certainly be palpable to the pitcher, whose job kinda depends on his ability to grip a baseball.
Bottom line: It would take quite an exhausting and collaborative effort from all the parties mentioned to successfully rotate humidor and non-humidor balls in and out of the game without the opposition knowing.
Now a question: Does it seem like I’m getting angrier over the years, or are people just getting dumber?Â I can’t figure that one out sometimes.
Later today: Check out Mr. Evanson’s piece to see Who I Got in tonight’s HR Derby.Â You might be surprised.