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It could very well be that somewhere around 1993 the manufacturer finally made consistent balls but that is just a theory on my part.
Just lower the mound and be done with it. Oh, and ever so slightly deaden the ball.
I don't get the comparison to steroids at all. As Goldman himself acknowledges, baseball has tinkered with the rules from the very beginning.
Before the change governing home plate collisions, a long overdue correction, what was the last one before that? No running starts on sacrifice flies?
The one I am trying to track down now is that "DiMaggio rule" where the runner can leave the bag once a fly ball is TOUCHED (not caught) since DiMaggio either did this once in a game, or did this on several occasions. this one is a bit harder to track down.
Do people really want more runs scored or do they just want fewer strikeouts? I grew up with 1980's baseball so I am very comfortable with a world where a 4.00 ERA is below average and 100 RBI is a nice achievement.
Goldman is right in saying that for all the screaming over lack of offense, we're nowhere near 1968. The vast increase in strikeouts, not defensive shifts, is what's making the game less interesting. Put more emphasis on making contact and hitting to the opposite field, and much of your problem is solved.
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