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"Baseball’s run environment, dangerously close to the eight-runs-per-game mark at which fans disappear, is being propped up by high walk and HBP rates. That’s not exciting. When the bat hits the baseball, there’s not more excitement, just more flyball outs. Some of those are exciting; most are not. The strikeout rate is still near all-time highs. Again, some of those are exciting, most are not."