Sunscreen Trick


From Yahoo: “Sources Say Sunscreen Trick Is Pitchers’ Latest Method to Gain an Edge”

What, you ask, is this sunscreen trick? Before you read the article, see if you can pick the right answer from the choices below. (Or add your own invented explanations in the comments.)

A) Sunscreen, applied to the ball, gives the ball immunity against being hit too close to the sun, lowering the average height of fly balls, and making home runs far less likely.

B) Sunscreen, applied to the pitcher’s hand and the baseball, creates a translucency that makes it hard for batters to see where the ball is coming from, the seams, and the spin.

C) Sunscreen, applied to the pitcher’s face, makes him reflect the sun in such a way that batters are distracted and have trouble looking in his direction.

D) Sunscreen, applied to the pitcher’s arm, can be combined with powdered rosin to offer an improved grip on the ball and a superior finish to the pitch.

And, no, I’m not very good at Balderdash.

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D, obviously. When we (Seattle) had Aardsma, I saw him putting on sunscreen on his arms in the pen before he went out for a save. It was a cloudy night game. Asked him why, and he said, “movement.”


Obviously he meant “movement of the sun;” the sun rises quickly in Seattle.