Homerun surge in MLB: Blame it on climate change

Homerun surge in MLB: Blame it on climate change

[Ed. – Sigh.  Just tell us: is it something we need to put asterisks on?  With the MLB shenanigans over Georgia’s voting law (not to mention DHs in the NL, which don’t even get me started), is there anyone left who cares enough?]

Over the last 50 years, the average temperature in cities with MLB teams has warmed 2.1 degrees Fahrenheit, according to findings published Wednesday by nonprofit news and science organization Climate Central. That figure fluctuates to as much as a 5.2-degree increase for the Toronto Blue Jays, and tenth of a degree of cooling in Oakland for the Athletics.

That warming affects the game. Not only does it put players — and fans — under more heat-related stress, it has led to more rain delays and rainouts. …

More heat and humidity allows baseballs to travel faster and farther in less dense air, and could mean more home runs. According to Baseball Almanac, there’s been a home run surge in recent years — 6,776 total in the 2019 season; more than any in history.

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