Runs per game per team peaked in 2000 at 5. Now that's down to 4 where it was in 1992 when Milwaukee Brewers owner Allan Huber "Bud" Selig became acting commissioner on September 7, 1992. Slugging average is also down to its lowest since 1992: .390. Home runs and walks are down, strike outs up.
Here's a really good article, which covers much of this:
Now Pitchers Have the Power
Hitters in M.L.B. This Season Have Struggled at Historic Rates
By TYLER KEPNER JULY 3, 2014 The New York Times
It's almost biblical, that the misdeeds and excesses are being rolled back by unplanned forces. When the game is rid of Selig in January 2015 will some harmony return? Not likely.
Radical change is needed but that won't happen. Attendance continues to average 30,000 per game. TV revenue is way up. So is dead time between pitches and general boredom with the once described national pastime.
Since starting this blog in 2008 this post has more than double the views of any other:
Nolan Ryan: more on possible steroid use. Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Number four is a 2013 post that I re-introduced in 2014 in G+ and twitter and which caught on:
Pitching duel or slugfest? Sunday, July 28, 2013
In order to show their baseball knowledge many baseball fans will say: pitching duel, pretending that a game with little action is preferable to a game with lots of action.
To which I received this comment:
"fans prefer close games... fewer runs mean a better chance of a close game."
But close games at the expense of action? Isn't that ... soccer? Football and basketball constantly tweak their rules to maintain a balance but always erring on the side of scoring. Baseball does almost nothing. Steroids and other performance enhancing drugs (PED) increased scoring but that was not directly done by Selig and the other decision makers. PED were allowed to change the game and make baseball more popular than ever with tacit approval in the form of ignorance, hypocrisy and incompetence. Those same things have reduced the impact of PED and led to pitching and fielding dominance that The Times writer suggests might slide baseball back to a dead ball era.
Some call that small ball. I say small ball is for small minds.
The pitcher should facilitate the start of action, not stifle it. I think the average fastball now has a velocity of about 91-92 miles per hour (mph).
But the most horrible thing that Selig has lazily allowed to happen to baseball is the shocking increase in dead time between pitches, which sucks the life out of a game, making it a slow motion bore with absolutely no pace. And now with less action when pitches are actually thrown. Fans are too indifferent for:
MLB Network: I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore! Friday, March 14, 2014