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Are pitchers getting the upper hand?

Tim Kurkjian makes a nice case, and Jeff Bagwell helps make it with this observation:

"When I came up (1991), 91 (mph) is about as hard as anyone threw except for like (Rob) Dibble who threw 94. Now, almost everyone throws 94, and most of them are starting pitchers. Look at Juan Cruz (of the Cubs). He throws 97 (mph) and he can't make their rotation.''

The shame of it is, if power hitting continues to fall -- homers are down from 2.34 in 2000 to 2.1 per game last year -- all the talk will be about steroids, when it should be about pitching skill. Remember, even if 1 in 10 players were juiced, that will not have a huge impact on aggregate statistics.