You say that pitching has improved, but using the naked eye along with baseball knowledge, its clearly watered down. How many guys need to be seasoned down in the minors, but clubs have too much invested in them to keep them there. How many old timers are just hangin' around because they are a bargain, and they're only asked to go 5 innings, or get 2 outs in relief. Why do you think pitchng has increased in this era? Because strikeouts are up? That shows a hitters approach.
Originally Posted by SABR Matt
Defense have improved because of many factors as well. Less ground to cover, smooth infields and outfields, bigger gloves, scouting charts, etc. What causes this to be rendered slightly more meaningless, is that today's style of play is slug for the fences, strikeout or nothing type of baseball.
Hey Sabermatt, do you have stats that show the number of fly ball outs recorded for each year?
"By common consent, Ruth was the hardest hitter of history; a fine fielder, if not a finished one; an inspired base runner, seeming to do the right thing without thinking. He had the most perfect co-ordination of any human animal I ever knew." - Hugh Fullerton, 1936 (Chicago sports writer, 1893-1930's)
ROY / ERA+ Title / Cy Young / WS MVP / HR Title / Gold Glove / Comeback POY / BA Title / MVP / All Star / HOF