MLB put a black marker on the ball and it shows spin.
Ballparks aren't really smaller, that is kind of a false assumption. The ball goes farther. That and PETCO/Safeco are prisons for hitters pretty much canceling Citizen's and Ameriquest. Coors was out there but is now settling.
Also hitting backdrops are probably better.
The strike zone has narrowed.
Bats are better.
Video allows hitters to watch pitchers extensively. Pitchers can try to counter and hit the guy's weak spots but they have to see more footage and still execute the pitch. Knowledge would help hitters more.
Hitters are working to drive up pitch counts and get into soft middle relief. In the 1980s and earlier there were fewer pitches per PA, sluggers swung and so did slap/liner guys. They did have more IP and total pitches, but not 140 every game like they suggest sort of.
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JM: Only did that for a couple of years and then we had a conspiracy so it kind of turned me sour. Our league's commissioner, Lew Ford(notes) at the time, was doing some shady things that ... I'd rather not talk about [laughs].
DB: Isn't he in Japan right now?
JM: I don't know where Lou is right now. He's probably fleeing the authorities [laughs].