Found July 24, 2012 on
Taking Bad Schotz:
Some skills held by ballplayers of yesteryear have deteriorated as the game has evolved. One such skill, the ability for a hitter to walk more than he strikes out, may not be extinct yet, but it is certainly endangered. As of July 22nd there were only six qualified players who had a walk to strikeout ratio of at least 1.0. In 2002, 22 qualified players ended the season with such a rate. Go back to 1992, and 34 players were able to say that they walked more then they struck out. The further you go back, the more players that fit the criteria.
The fact that hitters with this ability are becoming increasingly rare seems to be related to the increase in home runs. However, last year only two players hit more than 40 home runs, while in 2002 eight players knocked at least 40 balls over the fence. Home runs as a whole have been trending down in recent years and yet less players walk more than they strikeout. The biggest culprit for higher strike out rates and lower walk rates is t...
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