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it was fire power like never before major league baseball's home run derby the precursor to Tuesday's all star game not only broke last year's record it obliterated it a staggering three hundred and twelve dinners in all were knocked out of the park ninety one more than last year the derby also reflective of the broader season in which MLB teams are expected to hit eleven hundred more home runs than a year ago , and six hundred more than the all time record set in twenty seventeen so what's causing all the crushing swings some like Astros ace Justin Verlander have gone so far to suggest that MLB is juicing it's balls the eight time all star points to MLB's new ownership of Rawlings the company that makes it's baseball's saying this to ESPN Monday major league baseball's turning this game into a joke they own the effing company if any other forty billion dollar company bought out of four hundred million dollar company and the product to change dramatically it's not a guess as to what happened we all know what happened and what's happened overlander he's allowed twenty six home runs this season the most of any pitcher in the majors on Monday all star pitcher Max Scherzer also chimed in with this all changes much as it has over the past him for , %HESITATION the players have had no say in that whatsoever you know it's just it's , we love this players this one why the ball could change that watch down fast and they have not been resolved and that's where as players we got it we we deserve an answer for why that's going on baseball commissioner rob Manfred has said this year's balls do have less drag on them a variance he attributes to there being made by hand each year on Tuesday New York Post sports writer Joel Sherman reported man Fred also said this there's no desire among ownership to increase homers in the game to the contrary they are concerned about how many we have Major League Baseball has not responded to requests for comment from writers on the brewing controversy