It's silly to ask "Was the game that much different". Look at the stats. Now, of course, you can look at eras and see how "the game was that much different" in the 60s or 70s. Or 20s/30s. Yes, it is/was "that much different". Nonetheless, I think there's a disturbing trend in the new today's game that might need to be "fixed". 1 in 5 AB ends in a strikeout. Whiffs have been on the rise since tougher PED laws were put in place. While statnerds may say "An out's an out", a whiff is also two guys playing catch to the casual fan. People won't pay to watch a game of catch.