'Boomer And Gio': Too Many Home Runs In Baseball?

Boomer and Gio
June 26, 2019 - 9:22 am

Are there too many home runs being hit in baseball?

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After the Yankees set a major league record by homering in their 28th consecutive game Tuesday night, WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti discussed the sport's power surge. 

"This is getting, across Major League Baseball, insane," Giannotti said on Wednesday's "Boomer and Gio" show. 

"It doesn't feel like the same game some nights," he added. "It just doesn't. How many flick-of-the-wrist home runs do you have?"

Esiason had a couple of theories for what's causing the spike in home runs.

"To me, it's got to be the bat and maybe even a tighter wound ball," he said. "Maybe. But the bats are not breaking as much as they have. So I think there's got to be something there."

Added Giannotti: "I don't know if this rate of home run is what the fan really wants. Because there's also the other side of it where you're seeing these bullpen ERAs going way up. And when you have home runs flying out in the way that they are and bad middle relief in baseball, this is why you're getting more runs scored. This is why you're breaking records all over the place. This isn't just a coincidence this year. This isn't just like the year of the offense.

DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees celebrates his first-inning home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with teammate Aaron Judge at Yankee Stadium on June 25, 2019.
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"Remember, it was supposed to get scaled back post-steroid era, and now what we're seeing is more runs and more home runs than ever."

But Esiason said he doesn't envision Major League Baseball doing anything to curtail the offensive explosion.

"The home run is exciting," he said. "People like to see it. People want to go to games, they want to see home runs. And I know that there are a few people out there that are anti-home run or are pitching centric and want to see a 2-1 baseball game played really well with a lot of different decisions being made by the manager late in the game ... but I still think that Major League Baseball is going to embrace this, that they want more home runs. They want instant gratification. They want the younger fan to enjoy to see guys like Pete Alonso and (Giancarlo) Stanton and (Gary) Sanchez and these guys go yard every other night."

To listen to the open from Wednesday's show, click on the audio player above.

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