Originally Posted by doublem23
I have no doubt that it is because hitters today have so much more power, back in the 60's and 70's, power hitters were in the extreme minority and the rest of the league was slap hitters who just tried to put the ball in play AKA you didn't have to give it your best for most of the lineup. Today, you leave a meatball over the heart of the plate to the shortstop batting 9th and he's liable to take you deep.
Guys back then weren't any tougher, players were just ****tier.
I disagree, strikeouts are tolerated more so now than they were back in the 1960s and '70s. Guys would cut down on their swing with two strikes rather than take a full cut swinging from their heels. The 1977 White Sox didn't have one guy who struck out more than 100 times, Dave Kingman was striking out 156 times in a year and that was abnormally high. Now it is almost expected from power hitters.