To quote a mixed metaphor, thought I would run an item or two up the flagpole and see if anything sticks.
Are batters getting fooled by pitches more often now than in prior decades, or does it just seem like it? In the Mays and McCovey era the rule was to look for the fastball and adjust for off speed stuff. I wonder if that has gone by the wayside and hitters are guessing more. Although it could be the case that it hasn't varied much, but only that announcers are pointing it out more often. Kind of like where the real crime rate hasn't increased over time if it's reported more often.
I know it sounds petulant, but one feature of the game has always bothered me; it has to do with the batting stances of a small group of players past and present. I mean those guys that are scrunched way down at the plate. Dudes like Jeff Bagwell, Rickey Henderson, Pete Rose and to a lesser extent, Brandon Phillips. Mike Krukow said that Rickey had a ten inch strike zone. All of them are and were talented enough to put up the numbers without doing that.
Being only half serious (since this aint gonna happen), it would make life easier for pitchers if there was a guideline for umps to follow in the minors and MLB. In their view, if hitters were in too extreme of a crouch, they would need to modify it; it would be a judgment call and thus not subject to challenge. After all, the mound was lowered in 1969 to benefit hitters, so turnabout is fair play.