Storing baseballs in a humidor may have reduced the number of home runs in Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, but not for the conventionally-assumed reason, argue Edmund Meyer and John Bohn of the University of Colorado at Boulder in a pre-print article. The soggier balls would actually travel farther; but this effect is overmatched by the enhanced grippiness of the balls’ surfaces, which would give the edge to pitchers.
Alan Schwarz profiles Pat Venditte, Creighton University’s junior-year switch-pitcher.
Pitchers and catchers have reported, so it’s a good time to link to Largehearted Boy’s roundup (from three seasons ago) of baseball books. The Robert Coover is on my Read Me shelf at the moment.
Congratulations to rookie Anibal Sanchez, who pitches a 2-0 no-hitter for Florida against the Diamondbacks.