View Full Version : How the game has changed the past two years

06-19-2003, 08:42 PM
As a result of the umpires bigger strike zone, (and maybe the curtailment of steroid use), offense seems to be down in baseball, across the board. This has been going on for two years as it was after the 2000 season that baseball decided to enforce the high strike.

The result of this change is that no longer can you conceal fundamental flaws i.e. poor defense, stupid base running, poor execution, etc with out-sluggingg the opposition. I personally believe that this is good for the game, but the problem is that the Sox team was put togther with just that approach in mind.

I am convinced that if all of this occurred before 2000, we would not have won the division. Conversely, if these changes had not taken place, we probably would be in better shape today.

06-19-2003, 08:55 PM
That's a really good evaluation, IMO, and I think it was incredibly evident (for the Sox) in this BoSox series.