Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/4/12
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- There has been a sea change in the major leagues during the early part of this millennium. In 2000, teams averaged 5.14 runs and 1.17 home runs a game. Collectively, the batting average was .270, the on-base percentage was .345 and the slugging percentage was .437. In 2012, teams scored 4.32 runs and hit 1.02 homers a game while batting .255 with a .319 on-base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage. Whether it's a lack of juiced players or juiced balls or a multitude of other factors, scoring runs in bunches is no longer what the cool teams do. "The game has definitely changed," San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday during the Winter Meetings at The Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort. "Philosophies have changed. Nobody tries to outslug each other anymore." The Giants are the perfect example of that. Barry Bonds played left field for San Francisco for 15 seasons from 1973-87 and hit 586 of his all-time record 762 home runs in that sp...
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