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Is The Uptick In Blisters Another Sign Of A Juiced Ball?

Is The Uptick In Blisters Another Sign Of A Juiced Ball?
From Deadspin - July 17, 2017

Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman caused a bit of a kerfuffle this month when he talked about why so many pitchers are getting blisters this season. A few weeks ago, after being pulled from a game because of an oncoming blister, Stroman told reporters:

I feel like its an epidemic thats happening across the big leagues now, a bunch of pitchers getting blisters, guys who have never had blisters before. So for MLB to turn their back to it, I think thats kind of crazy. I have no theory. But obviously, I mean, its not a coincidence that its happening to so many guys all of a sudden. Its not a coincidence.

Stroman was speaking anecdotally, but his thinking was enough to send baseballs smartest writers in search of a correlation. Using whats publicly availablethat is, news reports of pitchers dealing with blister issuesBen Lindbergh at the Ringer came up with this simple chart:

But because a few players have dealt with persistent blister issuesRich Hill, helloLindbergh broke the numbers down by individual player issues, too:

So, yes, there does seem to be a recent increase in blisters, and at a rate that coincides with the unprecedented increase in home runs. If you think the home run rate has increased because of juiced balls, then its not a stretch to argue that those same balls are causing all the blisters.

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