It's clear that pitching is getting more dominant in comparison to hitting..most noticeably over the past couple years..BUT, that really has very little to do with whether teams are focusing on OBP enough
I think we can agree that at least a much more significant reason behind that is just that the game is being cleaned up...trickling down into colleges and prospects more and more
Why don't they just get a house that's already painted?
Well sure, you clean up the game and you will see a noticeable decline in runs scored.
But basically, just look at the actions of many GMs to see how little Moneyball has been accepted.
Because I live in Toronto, the team I follow the most are the Blue Jays.
Last year, their lineup was littered with crap. They traded away Mike Napoli. They had in their lineup, Aaron Hill, Juan Rivera, Rajai Davis and a whole lot of sub .300 OBP. At one point, the Jays were regularly starting 6 guys with an OBP under .300 and this was well into the season. They had about 2000 worthless Plate appearances.
So I got onto my Jays discussion forum and I made the bold predicition that the Jays were capable of competing this year. Just replace those 2000 worthless Plate apeparances with major league average OPS. The Jays went out and got Kelly Johnson, Colby Rasmus and brought up Lawrie and even with the riskiness of these players I thought they should at least combine for something major league average this year.
I was blasted. I got involved with a 10 post argument with some guy that insisted that I was just a "homer" and it was impossible for any team to beat the Tampa Rays because they played "Moneyball". I tried to explain to him that the Jays could play "Moneyball" too and when they did, they could back it up with a decent payroll. (Jays ownership are cheap but have more money than just about anyone else).
Ummmmmmm, no. Someone debated with me, saying that OBP was now widely accepted and I am giving a good example of proof that it has not been widely accepted.
it HAS been widely accpeted. the only reason the Jays had so many hitters with terrible OBP is because Jays management before AA was terrible. AA took over and now many of those gusy are gone or benched, and have been replaced by the guys you mentioned. And guess what? That old management team (J. P. Ricciardi and Co.) is basically out of baseball specifically because they DIDNT adapt to the "moneyball" strategy. and obviously AA was brought in to lead the team because he DOES know how to play "moneyball" ie exploit market inefficiencies.
If your example held any water then the low OBP players would have stayed the same even under new management. You totally undermined your own argument.