Re: Why so few elite players in baseball?
posted at 11/12/2012 8:58 AM EST
It's called EXPANSION kim...there are more teams now than ever in all sports and the product has been watered down tremendously. That's not to say that there is no talent in baseball, there's a lot of it, just not all on one team like the 27 Yankees or Reds teams of the 70's even.
Imagine if there were only 20 teams in MLB how much better the players would be...that would remove 250 (10 teams - 25 players) players out of MLB that are there today.
The number of players relative to the overall population is relatively the same. There were 20 teams when the population was 200M and 30 teams when the population is 300M.
There are a few more possible explanations.
Once upon a time, everyone played BB. Except for golf, you couldn't make money at anything else. FB was a college sport with a few company teams. B-ball didn't pay much, and hockey was a Canadian sport. The competition for elite athletes was dominated by BB.
Stats have changed the direction a little. Fielding is now a component of value, and even 1Bs need to do a little more than stand on the base. In addition, OBP has been emphasized more, so the swing for the fences a little de-emphasized.
There are a few others, like having good pitchers lined up for the 7/8/9, pitching every 5th day instead of every 4th day, but here is one I thought worth discussing.
Blacks comprise an ever-decreasing percentage of the BB population, while Latinos and Asians are increasing. since Latinos and Asians are smaller on average, you're likely to see less muscle.