Many possible reasons for decline in big flies

Originally Published: August 14, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

And now for a change of pace, here's a story on players making news by not hitting the ball over the fence.

While Barry Bonds steps up his pursuit of Sadaharu Oh, Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez revel in their 500th home runs and Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez prepare to join the club, this might go down as the season in which the warning-track fly ball became fashionable.

Check the statistics, and you'll find a slew of brand-name sluggers failing to produce to their usual standards. ...

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