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Lighter, Polymer-core Baseballs Factor in Uptick of Home Runs

On the lighter side of polymer research — no pun intended — Kent State University has been involved in a recent experiment along with USC to determine if the composition of new baseballs were the result of an uptick in home runs over the past few baseball seasons. Kent State grad student Nathan Beals was approached by a long-time friend at ESPN’s Sports Science to see if the university would assist in the experiment. Beals, being a baseball fan, was all for figuring it out. As it turns out, one of the main differences in the new balls versus the older ones is the lighter weight polymer core.

WKYC in Cleveland reported on the experiment and posted the video on their website.

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