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Declining offense in baseball: Just a blip, or an alarming trend?
Declining offense in baseball: Just a blip, or an alarming trend?

Hitting always came easy to Don Mattingly, or at least it seemed that way. He won a batting title and compiled a .307 career batting average in 14 seasons with the New York Yankees. But a lot has changed since his last game as a player in 1995. Teams are hitting and scoring less than they have in a generation, and players are striking out more frequently than ever. "The hitters aren't keeping up," said Mattingly, who is about to begin his fifth season as manager of the Dodgers. "Mechanics have gotten off. We've gotten away from guys who can just hit." It was harder to get a hit last season than at any time since the designated hitter rule was adopted in...

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