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How much has Major League Baseball changed since 1981? Jayson Stark lists the 25 most significant innovations of the last quarter-century.

Originally Published: February 13, 2006
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

It was only 25 years ago. It just feels like 2,500.

In 1981, America still considered NBC's old Saturday afternoon "Game of the Week" a must-see TV event. There was still a Sunday afternoon two-for-the-price-of-one doubleheader being played somewhere or other almost every weekend. The world's idea of a cerebral sort of statistic was -- well, what? -- ERA? Many sane human beings still thought those round, generic mounds of concrete known as "multipurpose stadiums" were kind of cool. And our ...

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