Changes in girth of baseball players

Modern baseball is changing.  The game is being speeded up so there are far fewer attempts to steal bases and fewer intentional walks.  Home runs are the primary objective.  The Los Angeles Dodgers had 7 players hit two home runs in a game this season.  And of course, there are some off-the-field changes, like those beards the players now brandish.  But there is another phenomenon – baseball players mid-sections are getting larger.  Eighty percent of major league baseball players now fall into the overweight or even obese category.  This doesn’t set a good example.  Maybe that is why we observe so many injuries in baseball.  Too much weight on knees in particular.  [Science Daily Sept 30, 2016]

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