If MLB offenses continue it’s current streak into the second half of the season, players could hit a total of 6,668 homers, which would break the previous mark of 6,105.Verlander said this is intentional.”Yes. 100%. They’ve been using juiced balls in the Home Run Derby forever,” he said. “They know how to do it. It’s not coincidence. I find it really hard to believe that Major League Baseball owns Rawlings and just coincidentally the balls become juiced.”Cubs starter Jon Lester, a 14-year veteran, previously said something is up with the balls, as well. “The numbers are through the roof,” Lester told USA Today in May. “I think there’s something up with the ball. It seems almost like the ones they use in the Home Run Derby with the way it flies.”Lester ranks 42nd in home runs allowed (15) and he admitted it’s what brings people to the sport. “It’s a f—ing joke,” Verlander said, via ESPN. “Major League Baseball’s turning this game into a joke. They own Rawlings, and you’ve got (commissioner Rob) Manfred up here saying it might be the way they center the pill. They own the f—ing company. If any other $40 billion company bought out a $400 million company and the product changed dramatically, it’s not a guess as to what happened. We all know what happened. Manfred — the first time he came in, what’d he say? He said we want more offense. All of a sudden he comes in, the balls are juiced? It’s not coincidence. We’re not idiots.”Verlander has allowed a major league-high 26 home runs in 2019. But it’s not just the 2011 Cy Young award winner. A total of 11 pitchers have allowed 20 or more homers and players are on pace to break the 2017 record by a whopping 600-plus home runs. Related News Justin Verlander has an answer for this home run-heavy season.There have been 3,691 home runs already hit by the All-Star break to mark a historically high rate of 1.37 per game. This led the Astros pitcher to say that the league is “100%” juicing balls for more offense. MLB All-Star 2019: Home Run Derby matchups ranked Christian Yelich breaks boat window during Home Run Derby practice, someone calls police (really) “That’s the thing baseball people want to see, all of these homers, and how far they went,” Lester said. “It gives the millennials something to look at and talk about with all of the stats, spin rates, launch angles and all of that stuff.”This, however, is a cause for concern in Verlander’s eyes.”I don’t know if it’s bad or good for the game,” he said. “That’s for them to decide. I don’t think it’s great — that the true outcomes of strikeouts, homers and walks is best for the game. That’s for somebody else to decide. I talk about time a lot — how do you stack up in history? If you’re going to change something so dramatically, I think you need to make people aware.”
WASHINGTON — The head of Iowa Workforce Development is scheduled to testify before a U.S. Senate panel this afternoon about critical troubles that are hurting efforts to jumpstart the state and national economies.Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is chairing the Finance Committee hearing that will feature IWD director Beth Townsend, who Grassley says will lay out the complications she’s seeing in Iowa’s workforce.Grassley says, “We’re going to focus on the problem that developed as a result of a problem we knew we were creating two months ago when we set up $600 additional unemployment insurance above whatever the 50 states would pay in their respective states.”Thanks to the CARES Act, a person who brought home a weekly paycheck for $1,000 prior to the pandemic may now be getting $1,600 a week on unemployment, which creates a dilemma. “We knew at the time we were going to have some people getting more money on unemployment than they might get from their job,” Grassley says. “Consequently, we’re finding a lot of small businesses, maybe even big businesses, are having trouble calling people back to work.”Grassley says there are ideas circulating about how to remedy this problem, but no solutions are nailed down as yet. “We’ve disincentivized people to go back to their jobs,” Grassley says, “and it’s a tremendous economic problem because if we want to open this economy up, you’ve got to have workers.”One possibility being considered is using federal dollars to supplement the salary of individuals who’ve been laid off and collecting unemployment benefits, prodding them to return to work.The Washington, D.C. hearing is scheduled for 1:30 P.M./Central.