The All-Star break is a good time to talk about stuff we normally don't have time to discuss because things like ballgames and transactions and stuff get in the way. Things like this, which is an article advocating for a return to the pre-1968 pitchers' mound:
If Major League Baseball is serious about trying to find ways to escape the fallout of the steroid era, raising the pitching mound would seem to be a no-brainer . . . It's time to take another look. It's time to realize Gibson's 1.12 was an exceptional year by an exceptional pitcher. Those tiny ERAs? Evidence suggests they were more a mirage than a trend -- and hitters have been having far too much fun. It's time to give the pitchers a break. It's time to restore at least part of the real estate missing from the middle of baseball diamonds everywhere. It's time to Bring Back The Hill. Now.
I don't believe that outrageous offense is as big a problem now as it was a few years ago, but it strikes me that this could be a good idea regardless of its direct effects on offense. I could totally see a higher mound leading to fewer pitchers' injuries as hurlers will be able to generate a bit more velocity via gravity as opposed to muscle, and could theoretically lower their arm slots a bit -- thus reducing shoulder strain -- and still get a good angle of attack at a batter.
Just spitballin' here.
Hey, that gives me another idea . . .