MLB History: 9 Dominating Seasons of Pitching in Baseball Since 1968

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MLB History: 9 Dominating Seasons of Pitching in Baseball Since 1968
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Pedro Martinez

Make no mistake about it. The pitching in baseball has improved over the past two seasons. It might be a natural and overdone correction. It may have to do with the increased testing and public scrutiny regarding Performance Enhancing Drugs. It could be in part because young, talented pitchers like Justin Verlander and Jarred Weaver are playing to their potential while seasoned veterans like Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee are still in their primes as well.

It's probably a combination of all of those factors. That being said, since the conclusion of the 1968 season, a season in which the American League Batting Champion hit only .301 ( Carl Yaztremski) while The Major League earned run average leader set an all-time single season best of 1.12 ( Bob Gibson), baseball has made some changes. 

Following that season when pitchers really dominated, baseball lowered the pitching mound from 15 inches to 10. That's a one third decrease. They also shrank the strike zone from top of the shoulders to the knees to armpits to knees. These changes were intended to increase offensive production, and they worked. 

While no season in baseball has been dominated by pitching like the 1968 season, there have been some very memorable individual seasons since then. 

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