Started when MLB decided to issue a warning everytime a player got brushed inside by a fastball or hit period. I know most people think thats a good rule and I guess it makes sense but I do know that 40 years ago no one dared stand and stare at a homerun off a guy like Gibson and the era before him....No Way! You wanna know why guys hit home runs left and right its mainly because they lean out over the plate swing from the heels and could care less if they whiff 200 times a year. Love how people that try to defend steriods saying garbage like the pitchers use them to! Fact remains that bigger and stronger almost always benfits the hitter more.
I was having this very same conversation with a guy at work the other day. I even used Gibson as an example. Back then, if you crowded the plate, a pitcher like Gibson would throw at your head. Today, a player doesn't care if they get hit or not with all that body armor they have on.
That's just one of the reasons why I really dislike the modern game of baseball. Sure, I watch it, but I would rather watch old films of baseball any day.
And football is becoming the same way. The league/rules are making it so difficult to play defense it becoming a sissy sport.
Collecting 1965 Topps High #'s SGC 88 or better: 10/91
BUYING Well Centered:
1956 Topps SGC 84 or Better (or raw equivalent)
1965 Topps SGC 88 or Better (or raw equivalent)