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Mets hitting coach believes MLB is still using juiced balls for national TV games

One month into the 2022 MLB season, the league is once again dealing with a change to its baseballs.

This time, MLB has reportedly expanded its use of a deadened ball that was partially used last year and begun using humidors at all 30 ballparks. The result is a new dead ball era, with runs down, batting average down and, most noticeably, home runs down.

Except in nationally televised games, if New York Mets hitting coach Eric Chavez is to be believed.

Speaking with Tim Healey of Newsday, Chavez claimed a number of his players told him the ball isn't so dead when the team is playing on ESPN or any number of streaming services.