Olney: If baseballs are juiced, who decides if they get de-juiced?

Hitters like hitting home runs. Pitchers don't like serving them up. The future of the 2019 superball could cause a rift in the players' union. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Batters flip front-foot homers to the opposite field, joyfully. Pitchers smirk, knowingly. Records fall, daily.

The most home runs by any team in a month (the Yankees). The most home runs by any team in a season (the Twins). The most home runs in club history (Pete Alonso, Jorge Soler, et al.). The highest home run rate in any year, ever, by far.

There is credence to the questions raised by Justin Verlander and others this summer about the most important element of their daily work. Why does the 2019 baseball rocket like a golf ball? How is it built differently than the baseballs of yesteryear? What was the chain of events that led to the apparent alteration, and how did the changes occur?

But here's another essential question: What happens after the players get some of those answers?