April 20, 2017
I’m going to show you a lot of charts in this post. So if you don’t like charts, read one of the other articles on the site today. They’re good!
I’m going to start out by showing you a chart and ask you to guess what it is. The x axis is the years from 1920 to 2016. The y axis is a familiar baseball metric. It’s not something obscure like my article on Monday about multiple blown saves. Here it is:
OK, something that’s gone down sharply since 1920. Sacrifice bunts per team? Plate appearances ending with a ball in play? Games completed in less than three hours?
Nope. It’s this: