Bigger, stronger players. Better quality bats. Tighter-wound baseballs. Smaller parks. Human Growth Hormone. Steroids. Each and every one of those reasons list could explain the increase in the amount of home runs that have been hit in recent times when compared to the past. Tim McCarver, the color commentator for MLB on FOX, explained Saturday during the Brewers-Cardinals game that there is a different reason for increased power. His speculation – climactic changes.
McCarver: “It has not been proven, but I think ultimately it will be proven that the air is thinner now, there has been climactic changes over the last 50 years in the world and I think that’s one of the reasons that balls are carrying much better now than I remember. You know, the ball that Ramirez hit out and the ball Freese hit out, I didn’t think either one was going to be a home run, yet they made it.”
Buck: “So that’s your inconvenient truth?”
McCarver: “Well I think they’re going to find that out one of these days, yes, I do. That’s a theory, but we’ll see.”
I don’t know if this is McCarver’s way of spicing up an otherwise dull Joe Buck-called baseball game, but I think he’s lost his marbles. At least Buck was quick with a comeback. McCarver will never be confused as the sharpest knife in the drawer, but he should stick to something he knows a little bit about. When I want to learn about climactic changes, my chain of learning tools will consist of The Weather Channel, a local weatherman, the internet, my dad, a science teacher, Punxsutawney Phil, some random dude on the street and then maybe Tim McCarver…nah, not Tim McCarver.
[Tim McCarver Believes Climate Change Has Led To More Home Runs] Huffington Post