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"Setting aside all of the non-baseball issues in play, I think the game we get, at least in those first few weeks, could be hard to watch. Pitchers are likely to be ahead of the hitters, and that’s the last thing a sport already burdened with a lack of action needs. If the baseballs aren’t as lively as they’ve been in recent seasons, we could be talking about a run environment that looks like 1981 -- four runs per team per game -- without all the balls in play and base stealing and starting pitching that made ’81 fun."