Originally Posted by M2
Not true. This is a much better and deeper generation of pitchers. It's been 15 seasons since the last expansion. Organizations have had time to figure out how to tame the behemoths and develop the arms they need. The pitching has definitely adapted.
Also some of the newest parks - Citi Field, Petco, Target Field - are pitching havens.
And it should be noted that HR levels are still really high. NL teams averaged 152 HR last season. In 1992 (the last season before the double expansion and it conveniently ends with a 2), NL teams averaged 105 HR. Interestingly scoring is only up to 4.22 from 3.88 despite that, which makes a great case for the importance of speed (OB and BA are essentially flat, SB are down 25 per team). NL teams averaged 162 HR in 2002 (the last season in which there was no PED testing of any kind and it conveniently ends with a 2). So if everything else was flat and the only difference was PEDs are gone, then the power difference is pretty small.
In 2000, 48 players had OPSs of .900 or greater, 19 of whom were at or above 1.000. 2012 had 11 and zero, respectively.
Earlier this year it was stated by some in another convo that the .900 OPS barrier was Willie Mays and Stan Musial territory. In 2000, it was Sean Casey, Geoff Jenkins, Bobby Higginson and Edgardo Alfonso territory.