NEW YORK – Acting general manager Zack Scott has denied New York’s first baseball accusation, Pete Alonso, that Major League Baseball manipulated baseballs to hurt potential free agents, saying “changes in the ball will have no effect.” by which players are valued or paid. “
Asked Wednesday about the heated debate over the use of foreign pitchers, Alonso said MLB deliberately squeezed baseballs before star pitchers like Gerrit Cole hit the open market, then discouraged the ball this season with a talented group of strikers ready to become free agents.
“I didn’t know Pete was a conspiracy theorist,” Scott said with a laugh on Friday before New York opened a series against San Diego.
The league did not comment on Alonso̵
Scott said he did not think the theory was supported, saying front offices and their analysis teams were smart enough to normalize performance in a changing offensive environment.
“The way teams evaluate and evaluate performance is appropriate to the levels, so we won’t be fooled by the violation, it’s up or down,” he said. “We’re going to look at the players about how the league plays. So it won’t affect the way the players are rated or paid.”
MLB informed the teams in February that it plans to slightly kill the baseballs for the 2021 season after a long jump in households. In 2019, 3.6% of the recordings ended with a homer, a number that dropped to 3.1% this year.
Asked about the debate on sticky substances, Scott said uncertainty about future applications posed challenges for intelligence and analysts. The league is expected to start punishing the pitchers soon – a drastic change in the middle season after generations who look at everyone differently except the most serious offenders.
“It’s challenging,” Scott said. “We don’t really know what the boys are doing, even in our own organization to the outside world, or whether they’re doing anything at all.”
The first-year GM said it didn’t matter what MLB decided, as long as it was clear and feasible.
“We’re really just talking about implementation,” he said. “It’s always been in the books that you don’t have to put things on baseballs, so it’s really how they communicate with the referees and what the expectations are. And I think to be fair to the referees, there has to be clarity, too.”