Re: Is Pitch F/X responsible for the recent surge in strikeouts?
Not sure the cause -but it sure makes for less exciting baseball- 3 true outcomes baseball is boring and part of me wonders if there needs to be some type of adjustment made, but i'm not sure what needs to occur. Sometimes, there is an adjustment and unintended consequences occur. Maybe this is a poor example- when i was a kid, the NFL wanted to emphasize more passing in the league - so they made the field wider...thinking that this would help passing. What it really helped was the running game - guys had more room to turn the corner. Everybody and their brother rushed for 1,000 yards (14 game season).
I think the height of pitchers may make a difference -great point. Atomic -that's a pretty good list.
Brutus, I'm not sure that more trips to the DL makes your point- but i may be wrong - i wasn't sure what side you were trying to come down on.
Antedotal -but it does appear the K zone is bigger than it used to be (95-2007?) when the umps appeared to do away with the high strike and the low strike -along with the wide strike ....wait ....they just did away with strikes.