Kent State Chemists Reveal Changes in the Density and Chemical Composition of Major League Baseballs

Are the new Major League baseballs "juiced"? An article on goes to bat on this controversial topic and has drawn interest from several other media outlets, including ESPN, USA Today and CBS Sports to name a few. 

Commissioned by ESPN Sport Science, researchers in Dr. Soumitra Basu’s chemistry lab recently collaborated with Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California to conduct research on a variety of Major League baseballs. They cut open the balls to examine the cores using a thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). To read the full article, visit:

Basu and student Nate Beals were featured in a Cleveland Fox 8 television segment here:


POSTED: Thursday, March 22, 2018 03:01 PM
Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2018 03:03 PM
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