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General Manager Mike Hazen said Thursday the Diamondbacks have tabled plans to implement a humidor at Chase Field this year after the commissioner’s office told them it would not approve it this late in the season.

“We completely understand and respect the decision given the time frame,” Hazen said. “We’re just running into some logistical issues along the way. The goal was to have this in place a lot sooner.”

Instead, the Diamondbacks will wait until the offseason to put the finishing touches on the humidor – a climate-controlled chamber in which baseballs will be stored – with the hopes of having it fully operational by the start of next season.

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The club has been working throughout the past few months to construct it, but Hazen said the team has been having difficulty maintaining consistency with its calibrations.

“You have to bring it up to the percent humidity and temperature and it has to remain constant for a designed period of time before we can go into the testing phase for baseballs,” Hazen said. “We never got there. …

“I think we’re going to be able to solve it fairly simply. We ran out of time. The goal was to have this done a long time ago and we weren’t able to do that.”

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Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen says plans for a humidor at Chase Field have been pushed back to next year.

Major League Baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said the commissioner’s office grew hesitant once the timetable was pushed back beyond the midway point of the season.

“Given that the approval came in March, the timeline of the project was different than projected,” Teevan said. “Now we’re almost into July. I think the concern was, to change it (start using the humidor) midstream, it was not something people were entirely comfortable with.”

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It’s unclear if rival teams expressed concerns about the humidor going into effect midway through the season.

Some believe a humidor could have a significant impact on the way games unfold at Chase Field. A baseball’s coefficient of restitution – i.e., it’s bounciness – changes based on the atmospheric conditions, and a study conducted in April by University of Illinois physics professor Alan Nathan predicted that home run totals could be cut in half with a humidor.

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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs at Chase Field.

But, for months, Hazen has downplayed the potential impact it could have. When asked if he didn’t mind pushing it back to next year based on how well the club has been playing at home this season – the Diamondbacks are 30-11 at Chase Field – he said the team “didn’t necessarily anticipate change” other than in terms of how the baseball felt in players’ hands.

“It was more for the consistency of the baseball,” he said. “It wasn’t for anything else. But we’ll deal with that. We’ve dealt with it for 20 years now. We’ll figure it out.”

Assuming it goes into effect next year, the Diamondbacks will join the Colorado Rockies as the only major league teams to use a humidor.

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