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    There’s certainly a change in hot air, but it’s the hot air coming out of this guy’s mouth.

    F.P. Santangelo, an announcer for the Washington Nationals, bizarrely attributed a spike in home run totals this season to a variety of reasons, most notably global warming.

    It’s been fairly well-documented that launch angles, a rise in batters swinging for the fences and accepting the associated strikeouts that come with such actions, and a change in baseballs, have contributed to the astronomical numbers.

    Sluggers and role-players alike are setting new career marks with their power surges.

    “Two seasons after baseball smashed an MLB-record 6,105 home runs,” ESPN reports, “we’re on pace to shatter that mark in 2019.”

    Santangelo’s reasoning is curious.

    “I think the bats, plus the balls, plus launch angles, plus pitchers throwing hard, plus global warming is why there’s so many home runs,” he said having just witnessed a towering drive by White Sox rookie left fielder, Eloy Jimenez
    I hope this and the other example in the story were tongue-in-cheek.


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    Good old Failing Profusely Santangelo is just upset that he can't pad his own 21 career home run totals in his mediocre 7 year fringe MLB career.

    Yes, I had to look it up but I'd heard of him.
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    I blame the rise in home runs on the corresponding rise in steroids and the rise in corked bats.
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    The rise in home runs has many reasons:

    Ball wound tighter for greater velocity once hit
    Ball parks built to accommodate hitters
    Players are stronger and faster
    Bats are being manufactured lighter for increased swing speed
    Umpires squeezing pitchers forcing them to throw more pitches in a hitters zone(last week an umpire called a pitch thrown right down the middle of a plate a ball)
    Batters standing closer to the plate and pitchers no longer throwing brush back pitches(Bob Gibson would be in a fight every start if he pitched today)
    Lack of talented pitchers and teams loading up on pitching meaning mediocre pitchers are on major league rosters
    They raised the mound which benefits hitters(they're also thinking about moving the mound back from it's current distance of 60'6")

    In short, the game is designed for the hitter which is why the scores are insane these days. Funny thing is that power numbers are up while batting averages are average. There's no one hitting over .350 anymore. Hell, stolen bases are almost a thing of the past. We will never see another Ricky Henderson or Maury Wills again. And bunting, forget it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NJCardFan View Post
    The rise in home runs has many reasons:

    Ball wound tighter for greater velocity once hit
    Ball parks built to accommodate hitters
    Players are stronger and faster
    Bats are being manufactured lighter for increased swing speed
    Umpires squeezing pitchers forcing them to throw more pitches in a hitters zone(last week an umpire called a pitch thrown right down the middle of a plate a ball)
    Batters standing closer to the plate and pitchers no longer throwing brush back pitches(Bob Gibson would be in a fight every start if he pitched today)
    Lack of talented pitchers and teams loading up on pitching meaning mediocre pitchers are on major league rosters
    They raised the mound which benefits hitters(they're also thinking about moving the mound back from it's current distance of 60'6")

    In short, the game is designed for the hitter which is why the scores are insane these days. Funny thing is that power numbers are up while batting averages are average. There's no one hitting over .350 anymore. Hell, stolen bases are almost a thing of the past. We will never see another Ricky Henderson or Maury Wills again. And bunting, forget it.
    The philosophy of constructing a team has changed, for better and worse. The advanced data analytics are driving every decision, even down to the manager. Half of the "new analytics" are pure bullshit. Joe so-and-so has increased his launch angle 3% this year... Miguel's exit velocity is 7 mph faster this season. Crapola junk stats that mean nothing. Insider baseball clowns spout this nonsense to sound smart.

    Yes, certainly analytical information has improved and changed the game for the better. 60 feet, 6 inches from the mound to the plate and 90 feet between bases is still damn perfect. Could post an even longer diatribe, but that'll do for now.
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