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Postby matmat » Fri May 28, 2004 2:19 am

ok, not the fruit or the hookup type...

1) when did the "dead ball era end?"
2) when did the pitching mound get lowered?
3) when did the DH come into the AL?

4) are there any other changes (aside from baseball parks) that physically influenced the batting or pitching stats since 2) above? if so, when did they occur?
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Postby Tavish » Fri May 28, 2004 2:56 am

1) when did the "dead ball era end?"

1920

2) when did the pitching mound get lowered?

1969

3) when did the DH come into the AL?

1973

4) are there any other changes (aside from baseball parks) that physically influenced the batting or pitching stats since 2) above? if so, when did they occur?


There have been quite a few things that have affected pitching stats since 1969, none of them are new (or altering of) rules.

The biggest change has been the focus on relief pitchers. Starting pitchers went from completing almost 30% of the games they started down to roughly 13%. Stadiums have moved away from the cookie-cutter parks and most new parks are hitter friendly. More widespread use of astroturf is a minor consideration but noteworthy. The strike zone was reduced the same year that the mounds were lowered and more strictly enforced (supposedly) starting in 2001.
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Postby matmat » Fri May 28, 2004 2:58 am

thank you. :)
now I can start hacking at the stats that I have :) :) and actually get some answers :)
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Re: Need Some Dates.

Postby Arlo » Fri May 28, 2004 10:39 am

matmat wrote:4) are there any other changes (aside from baseball parks) that physically influenced the batting or pitching stats since 2) above? if so, when did they occur?

In addition to what Tavish said (good info there ;-D ), the definitions and calculations of stats themselves have been tweaked on occasion since then, particularly saves and ERA.
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Re: Need Some Dates.

Postby frog99 » Fri May 28, 2004 1:31 pm

matmat wrote:
4) are there any other changes (aside from baseball parks) that physically influenced the batting or pitching stats since 2) above? if so, when did they occur?



Also in recently the league has been trying to standardize the strike zone. until the past couple of years zones varied between Umpires and between leagues. MLB has insituted Queztech machines in some ballparks to grade the umpires.
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