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Regarding Triple Crowns in low-offense environments, I’m wondering whether it is easier for one batter to separate from the others in all three categories when overall offense is down, conversely, in high-offense eras, there are more potential competitors in each category. Or is it just coincendence/small sample size that the last two Triple Crowns came in 1966 and 1967?
... There were also several triple crowns about 1930-1933, a very high-scoring era, and I don’t see any reason to believe that the level of scoring offense predicts the likelihood of a triple crown… The number of players leading their own TEAM in home runs, RBI and batting average nose-dived about 1970, for reasons that I don’t really understand. So. ..if you don’t have players leading their own team in the triple crown categories, obviously you’re not going to get players leading the league in all three.
So let’s say that by 2022 the strikeout rate is 9.0 strikeouts/game. What, exactly, would be wrong with that? How will this all of a sudden not make any of us like baseball anymore?
What’s wrong with it is that strikeouts are boring. Seriously. Strikeouts reduce the number of baserunner/fielder contests, which are a central part of the game’s appeal. It’s like saying “suppose that in the NBA the game became a 3-point shooting contest, with no more dribble/drive penetration. What’s wrong with that?” What’s wrong with it is that something exciting has been taken out of the game.
going back in time is there an argument to be made that Pujols would struggle in 2012?
No—and he won’t. By the end of the year he’ll be hitting .312 with 34 homers.
Thanks for the strikeout study. Since K rates vary over time and taking that into effect, who is the greatest pure strikeout pitcher of all time?
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