With the steroid investigation digging up more names almost every day (like the cocaine investigations of the 1980s), what can be done to improve baseball & restore its competiveness?
I think there are some specifics that would help:
1. Remove the "rubber band" from the core of the ball - as much as steroids, this has led to the artificial rise in HR numbers. This could also revive other aspects, such as the hit & run, suicide squeeze, etc.
2. Return the mound to 15 in. in height - This would change the angle of the pitches (give more room for a breaking ball, for example), and lessen shoulder & elbow injuries because of the better angle.
3. Contract at least 2 teams - Would eliminate at least 50 players who wouldn't otherwise be in the majors. It would improve the quality of play.
Even if the called strike isn't restored to rule book levels, these other measures would result in a more balanced game & restore pitching to a more equal part of the game.