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That's the justification for outlawing them, not the effect they have on the game (assuming there is an effect, which I think there is, though not a super huge one).So MLB would have to some sort of after-the-fact justification to outlaw this new harmless substance/song.Middle infielders hitting 45 homers again, hitting 82 homers, records all fall, historical numbers all get skewed. In other words, it's steroids but without the health effects or the legal issues. (Sam from Bay Area)The problem with steroids so we've been told is that they're unhealthy.They shrink your balls and kill children and make you AAAAAAANGRY SMASH SMASH and all bad things.it was only 14 years ago that hit 73 homers, but go back 14 years before that and we were in the height of a pitching/baserunning era. (Cory Schwartz)Imagine that there was something out there that was as effective at improving player performance as people *think* steroids are.
Interesting theory but I thought his conclusions were overly narrow.Not stated at all in his article is the fact that baseball is a very cyclical game... We are clearly in a pitching cycle right now but eventually the hitters will have their day, for one reason or another.If you'd be so kind as to help me settle a weekly argument: in a 30 run/game slow pitch softball environment, is there ever a time where an intentional walk makes mathematical (i.e. Specifically in the middle innings of the game, an opinion based answer will do.Thanks Nick(alexohconnor from Chicago)An article in the Atlantic recently said that PITCHf/x has contributed to the lower run-scoring environment in baseball the last few years and higher strikeouts. (Dan Rozenson from Washington, DC)Yep, I read that.
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