Major League Baseball is considering raising the strike zone in an effort to provide a boost for offenses.
The prospect of this rule change would undoubtedly be a huge advantage to the game’s best hitters. Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton lost a league-high 456 slugging points when he swung at low offerings (.263 on low strikes compared with .719 on all other strikes) last season. The league average hitter loses 131 points (.298 compared with .429), according to Stats LLC.The rule now calls just below the knees a strike, while it used to be that a pitch had to be above the knees. Not that Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson seemed to be stifled by the higher strike zone.