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In the late 90s, baseball became a power game about home runs

"Around '97 I started noticing that the game was being dumbed down. It was about power. How hard could you throw? How hard you could hit the ball. And if you missed the ball no big deal. Swing hard again. And to me it got to such an extreme that a team like the Oakland A's you would watch them, they looked like a football team, you know, broad shouldered, huge biceps, struck out a lot, walked a lot, hit a lot of home runs. They didn't even have signs for hit and runs or stolen bases. So they had basically gone to the lowest common denominator in the game which was appealing to the average fan which is power but to me it was a very different game. I didn't necessarily think it was a better game."