We don’t pay a lot of attention to player statistics around here, but apparently home runs were up dramatically this season in the summer collegiate Cape Cod League and other circuits in the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball (NACSB). NACSB members reportedly source their baseballs exclusively from the same baseball manufacturer. When a couple of general managers in the Cape sniffed something different about the balls, they did a baseball cutting and found the core from one of this year’s balls to be significantly harder than one from last year. Read more here and here. More to come on the scientific analysis front?