The end of "regular" and "unleaded" coffee pots in major league clubhouses leads to a decline in offensive numbers, and as a crop of hard-throwing pitchers arrive in the major leagues, strikeout rates go through the roof. Selig does not want to tinker with the height of the mound again, out of fear that it would set a bad precedent as a quick fix for statistics getting out of hand in one direction or another, so instead he announces two key changes: the addition of two expansion teams to start play in 2015, and the designated hitter becoming part of National League baseball, finally ending the four-decade discrepancy in the rules between baseball's two leagues.
For generations, pitchers used spitballs — not just spit, of course, but anything they could find — and scuffed baseballs to alter the way the ball moved to gain an advantage. That’s cheating. Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry made a career out of affecting the flight of baseball, and even wrote a book about it (seriously, it’s called “ Me and the Spitter .”) And for decades, players used amphetamines to give themselves a little pep in their step on the field, or as a way to recover from rough nights. Amphetamines are a banned substance now.