|Luis Tiant allowed a .168 batting avg. in 1968.|
"My pitching philosophy is simple: Keep the ball away from the bat." - Satchel Paige
You might think Sandy Koufax adjusted his mechanics to become a great pitcher. He definitely turned the corner from being a more pedestrian pitcher. Was it a case of maturing and learning?
The powers-that-be in Major League Baseball adjust the balance between offense and defense by tinkering with the strike zone. Force a pitcher to "groove it in there," and greater offense results.
Change strike zone, see change happen
It didn't stop there, as the mound was lowered from 15" to 10". (That's "inches," for all you Spinal Tap fans.) Jim Bouton would joke in his book "Ball Four" about how some players blamed their slump on this. But the hitters were truly a beneficiary.
The outside world in '68
U.S. soldiers massacred men, women and children in My Lai. LBJ announced he would not seek re-election. "Bobby" got shot in Los Angeles.
Rocky season for our Harmon
A player we ought to remember better