Roegele: The 2016 strike zone

From SABR member Jon Roegele at The Hardball Times on October 4, 2016:

As the 2016 regular season comes to a close, let’s look back at one of the most hotly debated and central aspects of the game: the strike zone. It was yet another eventful year for the strike zone, with news breaking part way through the season that the league’s competition committee had passed a motion to raise the lower boundary of the strike zone up from the hollow below the knee to the top of the knee. The change is not guaranteed to be implemented next season, or even implemented at all, as all rule changes must also be approved by the league’s playing rules committee before being enacted.

The proposed change is at least in part a response to a strike zone that has been growing over the past several years, most notably seeing its bottom drop by a full width of a baseball since the start of the decade.

Here are the final numbers for the 2016 regular season compared with recent history.

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Originally published: October 4, 2016. Last Updated: October 4, 2016.