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Rockies' Kyle Freeland is optimistic has stopped tinkering with his livelihood

Colorado Rockies Baseball 's alleged juicing of baseballs last year frustrated Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland during his nightmarish third season in the bigs. Almost 22 percent of his fly balls allowed left the park, the fifth-highest rate among starters.Freeland told The Denver Post that balls felt different in his hand from pitch to pitch in 2019, sometimes not handling the way he desired. He endured a horrific campaign in which he nosedived from Cy Young candidate the season before to recipient of a midseason demotion. He posted a 6.73 ERA in 22 starts. So, like pitchers around the sport, Freeland hopes baseballs in 2020 are more friendly to his kind. Keeping opponents from hitting home runs at Coors Field has always been difficult, and he doesn't want to be placed at a further disadvantage. Independent analysis showed the ball did travel farther last year — and record home run totals aroun夜网论坛d the league backed that up.During his first start last week — a six-inning outing in which he allowed two runs — Freeland thought things were back to normal. "I remember there were times last year when I would get a baseball and it felt great in my hand and the seams were the right tension, they were tight and they were how I liked the baseball," Freeland told the Post. "Then that ball would get fouled off and I would get another[......]

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Filmmaker Aviva Kempner discusses her documentary, 'The Spy Behind Home Plate'

Baseball Moe Berg may have been an unremarkable catcher, but his indelible contributions to the U.S. effort in World War II and close friendships with baseball legends from Lou Gehrig to Babe Ruth made him one of the most interesting sports figures of his era.As a U.S. spy, Berg gathered valuable intel during a baseball trip to Japan, sneaking away from a string of exhibition games to capture footage of Tokyo's skyline. That information would become important to the U.S. as it searched for weaknesses amid the Japanese capital. Later, he spent time on assignment in South America before monitoring Germany’s progress toward building a nuclear weapon. All the while, he served as a backstop for the White Sox, Senators, Indians and Red Sox. MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZNFilmmaker Aviva Kempner tells Berg’s story in the film “The Spy Behind Home Plat夜网论坛e,” which debuted in theaters May 24. Sporting News spoke to Kempner about the film, which aligned with her deep interests in Jewish history and sports.This interview has been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.Sporting News: As someone with a filmmaking interest in 19th century era American history, this film seemed to match your interests well. So first off, where did the idea to make “The Spy Behind Home Plate” originate as a continuation of that work?Aviva Kempner: (Executive producer) William Levine, who supported in a minor way two of[......]

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