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Brewers’ Rowdy Tellez has felt the change of MLB’s deadened ball

Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez has been one of the unluckiest hitters in the majors this season as borne out by statistics and the eye test.

One of the hottest topics around baseball, from fans on social media to players in clubhouses, centers on the ball itself.

Tune into any portion of the early-season conversations within the sport and there is likely to be talk of whether the balls are “de-juiced” and less bouncy off the bat, spherical killers of slugging percentages, or slicker to grip than players are used to.

Offense numbers are down across all of Major League Baseball and it’s not only pitching and cold weather to blame, it would seem.

“There were just some balls that were hit really hard that didn’t go as far,” Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after his team’s game Thursday. “There’s enough data on ball flight now that when you hit balls pretty hard, we know where they normally go.

“That’s when the questions start to get asked.”

There’s no shortage of conclusions being reached, either.

Major-league hitters know when they got all of a baseball and when they didn’t, and Brewers first baseman Rowdy Tellez is no different.

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