Saturday, August 12, 2006

Rockies Humidor Here to Stay, Despite Complaints

Despite the grousings of opposition teams, media types and sundry camp followers, the Colorado Rockies humidor is here to stay. Many have complained that use of the humidor, which helps keep balls at normal compression in the mile-high atmosphere, gives the Rockies an unfair advantage. In point of fact, however, its use was adopted with consultation of the ball manufacturer and has withstood the ongoing scrutiny of Major League Baseball. The commissioner's office has been unable to find that the humidor provides any advantage whatsoever to either the home or visiting team. Meanwhile, now in its fifth year of use, there is every reason to think that the humidor has finally leveled the playing field in the Mile High City, as the Rockies finally have a competitive staff and hitters without gross home-away disparities.