Originally posted on Five Tool Tool  |  Last updated 8/29/12
The rest of the competitors can't be very good. (Oh, and since the previous record-winner was a 16 year old who won last year? It hasn't been good for a while, and it's not getting any better.) MLB used to have very young people play the game pretty routinely, Bob Feller being the best example. As the game has gotten more popular all over the world, which has created new sources of talent, this has been drummed out. Now, when a 21-year-old sets the world on fire, it's news, and big news at that.A similar situation has occurred, by the way, with pitchers swinging the bats. Basically, the better the pitching gets, the worse that a de facto layman is going to do against it. Pitchers, by the numbers, are hitting worse than ever, and you can't just lay all of that on the DH, since that's been around for 40 years now. Besides, with inter-league play, pitchers should be getting better, not worse, since every staff in the league now practices more on it. But the numbers are going down, not...
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