MLB batting average jumps 7 points with substance crackdown

NEW YORK (AP) — The major league batting average jumped to .246 in June amid a crackdown by the commissioner’s office on foreign substances utilized by pitchers, raising the season average to .239. The season average is the lowest through June since it was .233 in 1968, the Elias Sports Bureau said. Hitters batted .232 in April and .239 in May. The June average was closer to recent levels, down from .245 in 2018. The average fastball spin rate in June was 2,257 revolutions per minute, according to MLB Statcast, down from 2,323 in May and 2,313 in April.