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Old 03-15-2012, 05:53 PM
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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When you stop looking at statistics for athletic performance

When you stop looking at statistics, you know almost nothing. The difference between a .300 hitter and a .268 hitter is about one hit a week over 162 games. Unless you kept track, you would never notice this difference relying on watching the games alone.

and consider the level to which major league play has been watered down
On what are you basing this assertion? While it is true that MLB has expanded from 16 teams to 30 teams, the population base from which it draws its talent has grown much faster and larger. In 1940, talent was selected from among the white males in a US population of around 170 million. Now it is selected from all the males in a population of 300 million, as well as a few hundred million more from Latin America and Asia.

Since in every sport where exacting measures may be kept, atheltic performance has improved greatly over 1940 levels, it would seem senseless to assume baseball talent levels have stagnated or regressed.

Rather than being watered down, all of the above strongly suggests that talent levels have risen and will continue to rise.

I suspect that there are plenty of women who could compete at the modern major league level.
Perhaps you are correct with this, but if so, it isn't for the reasons you have stated.
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:53 PM
Location: Victoria TX
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(And the best women would arguably be playing better than the more mediocre men).
The more mediocre men are not sitting on major league benches as utility players. They are playing short-season single-A ball or in the independent leagues, where it is quite possible that a very small number of women could compete.
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Old 03-17-2012, 09:58 AM
Location: NC
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I seriously hope not.
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Old 03-19-2012, 12:30 AM
Location: Mequon, WI
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If this happens this we will never get rid of the DH, the DH is for casual fans and housewives that don't undertsand baseball and all they want to see is a Brewers 17 Giants 16 ball game in 12 innings.

One side of the argument: The Baseball Analysts: Real Fans Love the DH

HELLER: Death to the DH would be a dream come true - Washington Times
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