RESEARCH: Why the leaguewide strikeout rate will finally reverse trend in 2015

It is no secret that offense has declined and strikeouts have risen dramatically across Major League Baseball in recent years:

The mystery that many analysts have been trying to solve is why. Attempted explanations include the instillation of performance enhancing drug testing, wider adoption of defensive shifts, quicker calls to the bullpen for harder-throwing relievers, increased specialization resulting in more pitcher-advantaged platoon matchups, changes to how umpires call balls and strikes due to PITCHf/x, heavier usage of the cut fastball, plate adjustments by batters leading to more swings-and-misses and more first pitch strikes, and other more speculative root causes. All have some grounding in truth. But none have been able to...


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