Thanks to reporter, Ray Glier, for writing this article about the great research and work being done by our research & education partner, the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI). The story published online Tuesday, February 12.
Written by Ray Glier
When you pay to see a baseball game, you’re paying for action. Or at least you were. Baseball fans love the crack of the bat, the acrobatic catches, the bang-bang plays at first base and slide-and-tag plays at second.
But no more. More than 33 percent of your average Major League Baseball (MLB) game is either a home run, walk or strikeout, according to Baseball-Reference.com. That means the only players those watching at home will see are the pitcher, hitter and catcher. About 22 percent of that is a straight strikeout, and the 2018 MLB season was the first on record where there were more strikeouts (41,207) than hits (41,020).
Some believe the antidote to the strikeout era that has overwhelmed MLB is simple: Reduce the leverage of this crew of hairy-chested, fire-breathing pitchers who throw 101 miles per hour and are dominating the game. Instead of allowing flamethrowers to...