WATCH: Brewers Martin Maldonado tears the cover off the ball, literally
One of the oldest expressions in baseball is “TEAR THE COVER OFF THE BALL!” The purist might think it originated in the 19th century when baseballs were literally sewn together to play. More recently, you might invoke memories of The Natural, and Roy Hobbs doing as much in his debut at bat for the New York Knights. Now, add Milwaukee Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado to the lore, as he somehow compromised the integrity of the ball on a grounder to Pittsburgh Pirates third sacker Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez did the best he could, but, due to aerodynamic consequences, could not throw it to to first base in time for the out (via MLB.com)
As an aerospace engineer myself, I hope you gain an appreciation for the need for aerodynamic design as evidenced by the lackthereof on that throw.
How interesting might this have been in a no-hitter. Or playoff game? Maybe time for a rule change? Call it the “Martin Maldonado rule”
– David Whitlock