Yoda wrote:It's all about HRs.
Exactly. Plus, if you look at the composition of the teams in the era you reference, almost every team had a player or two that didn't hit much at all in their lineup. The old "good field, no hit" middle infielders were prevalent in the 80's...in order to score, you needed to manufacture runs. Now, you have teams like the Tigers with 9 guys hitting 20+ bombs...why steal bases?