Originally Posted by dougdirt
Scott, from 2006-2009, pitches average height was less than 0.2 inches of difference.
First of all, 0.2 is not some negligible amount when you consider the sample size. On top of that, it's a 4 year span. That is way above normal increases in height.
It's not like every pitcher was just 0.2 inches taller. Think of it this way. Add 2 inches to 10% of the pitchers in the major leagues. You don't think that is not significant? 2 inches for a pitcher is a pretty big deal.
Now, you can debate the effect of height on strikeouts, but 0.2 more inches for an entire population is not a small amount. What did you expect, a 5 inch increase or something? 0.2 is dramatic when you compare it to the other positions.
BTW...it's now 4 years since then. If the rate is the same, is it now 0.35-0.4 inches. Please tell me still don't think that is insignificant.