It has been a question to all pitchers so far this season: Does the baseball feel different?
Well, you can add Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka to the group that feels something is off.
"Probably the right word to say is, it just doesn't feel right," Tanaka told NJ.com's Brendan Kuty through a translator.
He went further, saying "feels like the ball is a little bit harder and it feels like the seams are a little bit lower."
Tanaka isn't the only one that has voiced their opinion on how the ball feels this season. It was a big topic of conversation when MLB commissioner Rob Manfred took questions during All-Star weekend.
While denying there has been any foul play with the MLB doctoring baseballs, he says they are investigating the situation.
"Baseball has done nothing, given no direction, for an alteration of the baseball," Manfred said, noting that the league is still trying to figure out why the balls -- made by Rawlings -- are different this season.
"The flaw in logic is that baseball wants more home runs," Manfred explained. "If you sat in owners meetings and listen to people on how the game is played, that is not a sentiment of owners for whom I work. There's no desire among ownership to increase homers in the game -- to the contrary they are concerned about how many we have."
Manfred's defense won't be stopping pitchers from calling out the new balls, though. Justin Verlander, for one, didn't hold back when he said the baseballs are "a f---ing joke." Noah Syndergaard has also mentioned not being able to grip his slider like normal, and Jacob deGrom said "that's what they thought fans wanted to see" when discussing the spike in home runs.
There have been a total of 3,691 home runs hit already into the All-Star break this season, with franchises averaging 123 as a team. Last season, there were 5,585 homers hit.
Manfred has said, with the balls all being homemade, there is going to be a variation in each one. But Tanaka doesn't see how that has correlated to the home run total increasing by the season.
"I think that MLB is saying that the balls are being handmade, then it shouldn't just be going up," Tanaka explained. "There should be a down, also."
Another day and another veteran saying the ball feels different. The debate continues.