I don't think they're looking for line drives either, just fly balls. But I agree with you that it's mainly an issue of an overall, philosophical approach at the plate. You referenced the "year of the pitcher", but at least there were still hitters in that era that could go the other way and spray balls to all parts of the field. Can you imagine a hitter like Rod Carew looking at a shift? It would be a virtual feast. Even the most mundane hitters of that era would get down on their knees and kiss the open expansion of dirt and grass. Also, I think they make way too much of these games being too long. If your team wins, I doubt anyone going home is upset about the time they spent there. Conversely, if you complete it in 2 hours and your team loses, do you think anyone's going to be going, "oh well, at least it wasn't a long game." For me, this "all or nothing" approach at the plate is excruciatingly boring. Obviously, the pitchers love it and if you get off on watching hitters flail away and contentedly walk back to the dugout, so be it. Definitely not for me.