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"With that said, though, hiring Epstein is the first signal we’ve gotten from MLB that it recognizes that pushing a 25% strikeout rate, with close to half of all runs scored on home runs, is a potential problem. In hiring Epstein to focus on gameplay, those running the league have not only acknowledged a problem, they’ve brought someone in whose primary task is thinking about how to fix it."