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Baseball is Dying - 100 years in review


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Maybe this is true in all sports, or maybe baseball is somehow particularly well suited to nostalgia. But you can find stories from the 1870s talking about how players today aren't nearly as good as players from the 1850s and 60s when strategy and purity and refinement of skill ruled, as opposed to the greedy, rich guys from today (i.e. 1874) who take the easy way out, just try to hit long balls over the outfielder's heads, and collect their unfathomably large checks. And similar stories have been written ever since. Taken at face value the best teams from today would be embarrassed by a high school squad from the Civil War.

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