The pitching was worse.
Whisp wrote: Slow Pitch wrote:
You really need to enlighten yourself to some baseball history, you are missing out on some good stuff.
where do you get your stats about pitching speed? i highly doubt not only that pitchers were as fast back then but i also doubt whatever mechanism they used to clock the speeds. I have read articles stating that pitching speeds averaged in the 70mph range during the first half of last century.
umm....huh? I mean...do you really believe that? Seriously. 70mph? I mean, I am pretty sure I can throw my arm out trying but hit the low 70's. Why couldn't the best pitchers of that era throw 90? I mean, who makes a claim like that. There is no way to prove or disprove it. Some of the players in MLB in that time frame were farm boys that came right out of the corn fields in Iowa. They could throw the ball, they had good arm strength. Some of those boys could chuck 250lb hay bails. I assure you Johan Santana can't do that! I'd love to see the source where that came from. (and if someone says Brandon Funston, I'd literally crap my pants laughing.)
and another comment in there, the bigger fields were a huge difference maker! Have any of you researched some of ths distances of places like The Polo Grounds? Center field at the Polo Grounds was 483 ft. I mean, sure, a nice liner to CF could be a double, triple easy. But some current HR's in the bigs are nothing more than extended pop flys. I think we are too quick to brush off these era's because we don't have sexy ESPN clips to watch over and over. There were some real athletes in those eras. The longest HR in history was hit in 1953 by Mantle; estimated at 656 ft.
Why haven't the "superior" athletes of today hit any like that? Because Mantle was a friggin good ball player! And he would have suceeded today. Just as I think Hornsby would have. Bonds said it best when he was talking about roids "they don't make you see the ball better".
All the training, performance enhancers, etc don't amount to anything (see: Juan Rincon, Alex Sanchez, and Jay Gibbons) if you can't hit the ball. I think we need to stop being so arrogant about our era, and realize that guys like Hornsby and Cobb and Gehrig could still play today.