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Suck Stat of the Day


Lou

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In 1940, Joe DiMaggio finished 3rd in the MVP voting, after winning it the year before. He asked for a raise to $40k/yr for the 1941 season. He settled for $37,500.($666,332 in today's dollars)

Giancarlo Stanton is making $25 Million this year. 

Stanton has struck out as many times in 3 games as Joe DiMaggio did in his entire 1941 season. 

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4 minutes ago, failos said:

Stanton is certainly no DiMaggio, but that statistic is really eye-opening. I’m curious why batters strike out more often these days. 

I’m sure pitchers today are much better, taller, and stronger throwing than they were in the 1940s. But, did pitchers prioritize strikeouts like they do today, or were they more interested in getting the ball into play? I guess I should brush up on my baseball history...

Specialist relievers definitely have something to do with it. You have guys being trained to get one out per game these days throwing at maximum effort for 5 pitches, whereas back in the day starting pitchers were going the distance every game, having to throw 150-200 pitches a game. DiMaggio never faced a reliever that could come in and throw 98 with a nasty slider

Also, there are so many hitters sacrificing contact rates for the long ball. Guys are up there swinging for the fences these days more than ever

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19 minutes ago, GrittyVeterans said:

Specialist relievers definitely have something to do with it. You have guys being trained to get one out per game these days throwing at maximum effort for 5 pitches, whereas back in the day starting pitchers were going the distance every game, having to throw 150-200 pitches a game. DiMaggio never faced a reliever that could come in and throw 98 with a nasty slider

Also, there are so many hitters sacrificing contact rates for the long ball. Guys are up there swinging for the fences these days more than ever

Yup. Add in that defenses are better than ever and putting the ball in play is a less optimal strategy than it was 75 years ago.

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29 minutes ago, laagamer said:

Lol I dunno man it's what I always called DiMaggio. I have no reasons or justifications. I actually think his brother was named Dom, actually. 

He had a brother Dom and a brother Vince who, ironically, led the league in striking out like 5 times 

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