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September 23, 2004

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Daniel

In fairness to Mr. Gould, it sounds like the article is misconstruing what he actually wrote. The article is included in his compilation - Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville - and what he more points out is that in the past you had more outliers (a wider bell curve) but there is probably some human limit on how well a ballplayer can perform and since pitching has also improved and the rules have changed (raising and lowering the mound, changing strike zones, etc.) in ways that keep the average batting average around the same that today there are less outliers in hitters (a smaller bell curve) and thus, less likely a chance for a player to hit .400

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