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2) Allow base-runners to get running starts on tag-up plays, as they could before ~1952. It was an Eddie Stanky innovation: He'd be on third base with 1 out. Batter would hit a fly ball to shallow center. And Eddie, rather than waiting with his foot on the bag, would take off a few yards away from home. He'd then time it, get a running start, and touch third base at full speed just as the fielder caught the ball.
Have other sports been destroyed (for lack of a better term) by analysis?
Am I the only one that doesn't have a problem with the strikeouts?
There's nothing remotely exciting about a walk, other than in the sense than receiving the monthly dividend check is "exciting."
Whatever's going on here, it's undoubtedly too complex to be caused by any single factor.
Has there been a significant increase in innings in the hands of short relievers since the mid-2000s?
And, in answer to this question: no, there hasn't. Every season since 2006, IP per pitching appearance has varied between 2.22 and 2.28.
Whatever's going on here, it's undoubtedly too complex to be caused by any single factor. But the big change in the past few years, especially just 2011 to 2012, is unquestionably significant on an historical scale.
What about them? Of course they are factors impacting strikeout rates, undoubtedly important ones. Who has ever said they weren't?
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