‘Global Warming’ Causes More Home Runs In Baseball, Study Claims
It is now claimed as many as 50 home runs are added to each Major League Baseball season due to the impacts of climate change, according to a new study from researchers at Dartmouth University.
Study co-author Justin Mankin, told the public that “Global warming is juicing home runs in Major League Baseball,” citing changes in the air.
The theory goes that because air is getting warmer, molecules will move faster and away from each other, making the air thinner and less dense. Because of this, the climate experts claim, baseballs “go farther through thinner air because there’s less resistance to slow the ball.”
In the study, published this week in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, researchers claim to have 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” to come to their conclusion.
The study’s abstract claims that “>500 home runs since 2010” can be considered directly caused by global warming.
In the study, researchers clearly note that they did not receive funding or endorsement from Major League Baseball, and reveal that the research was supported by the National Science Foundation.
Climate change’s impact on baseball is not the first head scratching headline to come from climate scientists.
Some on the right have questioned the political commitment to confronting climate change, especially in the aftermath of the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment that saw massive environmental damage dealt to the region while the Biden administration and its allies slow-walked relief efforts and minimized the tragedy.