The pitching was worse.
Slow Pitch wrote:
I am doing no such thing. A formula known as a Log5 allows one to rather accurately tell stats very accurately over any era. For example: Hornsby's 1924 season where he hit .424 is according to the Log5 dropped to a .411. Tony Gwynn's 1994 .394 is dropped to a .391 because these were both season's offense dominated.
Now 1908 is considered to be the best year ever for pitching. In that year the best hitter was Honus Wagner who batted a .354 his Log5 jumps his average to an actual .368.
If you think stats are so skewed back then towards offense why is 1994 the 3nd best year in the history of baseball for hitters? (1894 is #1, 1930 is #2)
The 1930's were the most offensive based decade in baseball...The 2nd...1990's.
You are also forgetting the talent pool was not so diluted back then as well. There weren't 30 teams with 15 pitchers each. Only the best of the best made it back then in the days of 3 man rotations w/ barely any Rps.
!994-2005 was a time that greatly favored hitters.
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.The defense was worse.
even if you have rumors of some center fielder who was fast, doesn't matter, i still know that athletes are much much more athletic now than they were back then, based on simple running and power stats like in the olympics.Larger fields dont reduce batting average
and if anything the wide variance of field distances back then would make me not trust any player to player comparisons from way back when.Smaller paycheck doesn't lead to trying harder.
i'd guess they didn't try as hard as players today. they just had fun playing a game and getting their tiny paychecks. fact is, we don't know how motivated they were.Being better than your peers doesn't translate to being better than any other era
i was at the top of my 5th grade class. doesn't mean i was smarter than college graduates.
if there was some way to test who is a better athlete, i'd put down every penny i own on pujols. i'd even say the vast majority of today's players are better than anything the 1920's had to offer. if i'm facing johan santana, give me ryan theriot over rogers hornsby any day of the week.