In 1993, Major League Baseball began to change quickly and dramatically ushering in the “Steroid Era”. We are likely experiencing the beginning of a new era in baseball.
April’s OPS of .711 is the lowest OPS in the month of April since .687 in 1992. This comes on the heels of June, July, August, and September 2010 being the lowest-producing OPS months since their 1992 counterparts.
This is not the game of baseball you grew up with… if you’re under 30 years old.
If you’re over 30, then this is the game of baseball you grew up with.
Regardless of when you were born, this new era of baseball should be interesting as there are many questions about the past, the present, and future of the sport we love.
Now, I’m not going address those questions at this time, but I will raise a few…
- How did we get here (besides PED regulation)?
- Will chicks dig the small ball (and probably more importantly, will fans)?
- How long will it last?
- Is it a lack of offense or an excess of hitting & fielding?
- Will something be implemented to counteract the shortage of offense (smaller ballparks, rule changes)?
- When and at what level will offensive production “bottom out”?
Now those are just some of the questions, feel free to address them or raise your own questions about this new era in Major League Baseball.
Addendum: Another graph extending to 1960 & replaces month-to-month OPS with 3-year average OPS (NOTE: In 1969, MLB made a couple rule changes to increase offense)