Plunking parallel between use of steroids and home runsThe steroids era produced mind-boggling statistics and while every one was talking about the home runs, there were only a few noticing the soaring numbers of batters hit by pitches.

In the past, the game of baseball was manly when pitchers used to knock batters down for the smallest of all perceived imperfections yet the golden age of batters began about 1993.

Today, HBP numbers are falling along with decline in home run totals and some think that only a change in the strike zone would reduce the H.B.P. averages to their historical norms.