A company that scans people’s brains peered into a 1998 baseball. They conclude Mark McGuire wasn’t the only one juiced when he hit 70 home runs:
A company that uses computer imaging claims baseballs had a larger rubberized core and a synthetic rubber ring in 1998, including the ball Mark McGwire hit for his 70th homer.
Universal Medical Systems Inc. said Wednesday that with the assistance of Dr. Avrami S. Grader and Dr. Philip M. Halleck from The Center for Quantitative Imaging at Penn State, it took images of 1998 baseballs.
“Examining the CT images of Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball one can clearly see the synthetic ring around the core — or ‘pill’ — of the baseball,” UMS president David Zavagno said. “While Mark McGwire may or may not have used illegal steroids, the evidence shows his ball — under the governing body of the league — was juiced.”
But Bob DuPuy, baseball’s chief operating officer, said the core of the ball has been unchanged for decades. Rawlings has been the exclusive supplier of baseballs to the major leagues since 1977.
“All of our balls are subject to rigorous quality control standards and testing conducted by Rawlings,” DuPuy said. “No changes have been made to the core of the ball through the entire time they have manufactured it.”
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