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A recent New York Times story about the marked increase in the number of home runs hit in the major leagues early this season made reference to the fact that the league’s baseballs are tested at UMass Lowell.
The marked increase in the number of home runs hit in the major leagues ߝ up 25 percent during the first month of the season ߝ has caught the attention of Commissioner Bud Selig.
The commissioner has asked that the baseballs be tested to see if they’re livelier than normal. But even before the test results were back, a league official who oversees rule enforcement said the balls were tested before the season began and there was no difference between them and the ones used last season.
The story went on to say, “The baseballs are tested in a laboratory under the supervision of James A. Sherwood, the director of the Baseball Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.