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After the great home run race of 1998, per game attendance went down three of the next five years.
• Offense stinks
Hitters never have struck out more often than they do in today's game. The rate of hits per game has dropped six straight years. The average major league hitter has batted .255 each of the past two years. It's only the second time since the DH was adopted in 1973 that hitting has been that bad two consecutive years; the other occasion occurred back in 1988-89. The rate of runs per game hasn't cracked 8.64 three straight years for the first time in two decades.
-There is no objective way to distinguish the run-scoring conditions of 2001-2003 from 2004-2006. The change happened in 2010. It wasn't testing.
Home runs are great, but having an outcome in doubt is better. The stands empty out in a blowout and stay full for a close game even if the ball never left the yard.
Fun fact: If I get home from work and flip on a baseball game and it's 1-0 in the fourth, I will usually leave it on. If it's 6-4 in the third, I will turn it off every time. The second game inevitabley devolves into a four hour, ten pitching change, clusterf*uck. The pace of that type a game is essentially unwatchable. So I vote 'yes' on the direction that offense in the game has taken lately.
If you really want to keep game outcomes in doubt you should limit bullpens, not homeruns. Limit teams to 11 pitchers, or force relievers to pitch at least 1 inning, something like that. It's the parade of hard-throwers that losing teams face starting in the 7th inning that prevents comebacks. HRs are the cure, not the cause, if you are worried about lack of doubt regarding game outcomes.
Even the 1-0 game goes slower than it needs to
Complaining about the Josh Becketts of the world taking too long between pitches is one thing- time between pitches is time spent without baseball being played.
That is what he's complaining about.
Even the 1-0 game goes slower than it needs to, though, since we have so many more strikeouts and walks now rather than quick at-bats.
Complaining about the Josh Becketts
since we have so many more strikeouts and walks now rather than quick at-bats.
strikeout jump is a major cause of the reduced offense
One of the great myths about The Steroid Era is that steroids “saved baseball”
Just require all pitchers to throw the ball right over the plate, and require the hitters to swing at every pitch.
1998 Kingdome, Total Att. 2,651,511
1999 Safeco, Total Att. 2,916,346
1999 Candlestick, Total Att. 2,078,399
2000 AT&T, Total Att. 3,318,800
1999 Astrodome, Total Att. 2,706,017
2000 Minute Maid, Total Att. 3,056,139
1999 Tiger, Total Att. 2,026,441
2000 Comerica, Total Att. 2,438,617
2000 County, Total Att. 1,573,621
2001 Miller, Total Att. 2,811,041
2000 Three Rivers, Total Att. 1,748,908
2001 PNC, Total Att. 2,464,870
I don't think smaller capacities at these new stadia were pushing avg. attendance down vi.
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