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March 7, 2012 3:00 am
The players of the 1970s couldn't compete with today's players on the field, but they may have had more compelling personae. Which do we prefer?
It’s spring training. The eyes of baseball open again. It’s a good time to take stock of the game.
Are we happy with it? Happy with the whole game—its character, its color, its quiddity? Is there anything missing? Is there anything overmuch? What is right, and what is wrong with baseball? Has it acquired qualities it used to lack? And has it lost anything it once had?