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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The Muscles May Be Fake but not the Grass....

Interesting NY Times piece today illustrating how hitting, base stealing, and related baseball statistics are changing again as many new stadiums revert back to natural grass surfaces from the Astro-turf carpet craze of the 1970s. The article points out that "10 National League teams, including the Mets, will play all 162 regular-season games on... real [grass]......In 1985, when stadiums were bigger and turf was more prevalent, an average baseball game had 1.5 stolen bases and 1.7 homers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. By last year, steals had fallen to 1.1 a game and home runs had risen to 2.4, although many people believe home run totals have also been affected by............... "
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http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/09/sports/baseball/09grass.html