- Climate change is making major league sluggers into even hotter hitters, sending an extra 50 or so home runs a year over the fences, a new study found.
- Hotter, thinner air that allows balls to fly farther contributed a tiny bit to a surge in home runs since 2010, according to a statistical analysis by Dartmouth College scientists published in Friday’s Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. They analyzed 100,000 major league games and more than 200,000 balls put into play in the last few years along with weather conditions, stadiums and other factors.
- “Global warming is juicing home runs in Major League Baseball,” said study co-author Justin Mankin, a Dartmouth climate scientist.
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A new study finds that climate change is making major league sluggers into even hotter hitters.
The reason? Warmer, thinner air. https://t.co/GYRASiB5lp pic.twitter.com/staPWFkOhs
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 8, 2023
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