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Thursday, June 30, 2016

MLB News July 4, 2016




To celebrate America's birthday, Major League Baseball announced that it would introduce a camouflage ball-design to be used by all 30 teams over the holiday. "Nothing is more important to our country than the support for the men and women of the armed forces serving America, " Commissioner Manfred said during the unveiling of the new ball. The introduction of the "tribute ball" follows recent uniform design variations of team jersey's celebrating various causes. Camouflage hat and jersey designs have been used during memorial day and other holidays. Pink and Blue design elements have also been used to create awareness for cancer. These special uniform days have become a tradition overwhelmingly supported by players and coaches alike. The new ball, however, has raised a few concerns. Speaking anonymously, one star told the associated press, that the ball design is "ridiculous", or more specifically--"quite dangerous". "How are we supposed to hit a camouflaged ball traveling at 90+ miles per hour", he stated. "I'm a supporter of our troops, without a doubt. I have many friends back home who are serving or have served, but I don't think I will be playing. I haven't made up my mind. This isn't about me not wanting to honor America, but I think you put players at risk by putting them out on field where they can't easily see the ball." Other players are less concerned. "I'm ready" stated star right fielder Brock Ballsack. In response to the anonymous complaint Ballsack said, "Wimpy, plain and simple. Listen, we ask our army and navy to serve everyday. And they do, they go out into the unsafe battlefield all the time. It's time that baseball take a page from their book. Maybe then some of these anti-America players will begin to respect the troops and the sacrifice they and their families make while we're out here playing a game making millions of dollars, man up!" 

The ball will also be given out to the first 10,000 fans at each ballpark as well as made available on mlb.com.

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