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Stark: The numbers that defined baseball in 2020, revisited

This is how it works around here. Every year, as Opening Day nears, I dust off my crystal ball and try to predict the future, with a little column we call “The Numbers That Define Baseball.”

It’s fun. It’s eye-opening. And it reminds us, every darned year, that this sport is changing so rapidly that not only is it not your grandfather’s National Pastime anymore, it’s barely even your big brother’s National Pastime anymore.

But then, every November, once another season is in the rearview mirror, my trusty baseball editor always seems to remember to check in and ask: “Hey, remember that column you wrote about the Numbers That Define Baseball? How about we see how all that turned out?”

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