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Cirillo says Coors baseballs are all wet
2006-08-02 09:19
by Bob Timmermann

Before Tuesday's game in Denver, Brewers infielder Jeff Cirillo accused the Rockies of using illegally waterlogged baseballs.

"The thing is, it can lead to some shady stuff going on, like two sets of baseballs," he said Tuesday morning during his weekly segment on ESPN Radio's Milwaukee affiliate. "You know, say their team is down late in the game, you know, here are some new baseballs. (Because) the team is the one that governs the baseballs. ... Say their team is down late in the game, well, here is the next batch of baseballs coming in and they're not that ones that were in the humidor."

MLB executive Jimmie Lee Solomon denied that there were any shenanigans.

"There are no shenanigans..."

There have been 11 shutouts at Coors Field this year, the most of any park. The Brewers beat the Rockies in Denver last night, 1-0.

2006-08-02 09:33:16
1.   Daniel Zappala
Love the quote from Solomon. Maybe the solution is to cut the baseballs in half?

I am amazed that there have been 11 shutouts at Coors field. Wow.

2006-08-02 09:58:54
2.   Kels
First off, how is Cirillo still on a Major League roster?

As a Rockies fan that watches almost every game, I can tell you why there have been 11 shutouts….our pitching is amazing, and our offense is horrid. It's that simple.

There is seriously one of these articles just about every home series now, it's stupid, MLB is in charge of regulating the humidor. And what I've heard the baseballs is they are less "slick". Apparently, un-humidor balls are slicker because the altitude sucks the moisture out of the balls, making them slicker, leading to pitching with less control, leading to walks and bad pitches. The humidor just makes the balls stay exactly how they came from the factory.

And if you watched the game last night there was about two hard hit balls…that is what leads to 1-0 games.

2006-08-02 10:07:34
3.   Bob Timmermann
But I did get to use the word "shenanigans" twice!
2006-08-02 10:14:27
4.   Kels
Nice job Bob!

I'm going to call "shenanigans" on Jeff Cirillo being on a roster. He's a bench player, he probably just forgot what a baseball felt like.

P.S. Is it obvious that I'm not a Cirillo fan or do I need to lay it on thicker?

2006-08-02 11:25:54
5.   Bob Timmermann
Look at it this way, the Brewers got David Bell to help out on offense with Jeff Cirillo.

David Bell!

2006-08-02 12:15:40
6.   JJoeScott
I declare "shenanigans" on Solomon for his half-answer: "There's no two separate pots of balls being used." Does that mean both teams are using the waterlogged balls ... ?
2006-08-02 13:02:41
7.   Xeifrank
If you believe that the baseballs used at Coors field this year have been modified via a humidor then Cirillo makes a great point. What kind of assurance do we have that there aren't two sets of balls? What kind of processes are in place to assure that each team gets to hit with the same type of ball? The proof is in the pudding, and I want to see some pudding right now!
vr, Xei

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