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Will the National League adopt the DH?

Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:58 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 6:37 pm
 
David Ortiz

By Dayn Perry

Might the designated hitter rule, which has led to wars, mass divorces and religious schisms, be making its leisurely way to the National League? Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci quotes a highly placed baseball source who believes just that: "I would be shocked if 10 years from now there's not a DH in both leagues."

As for Bud Selig, he offers up a denial couched in a non-denial: ""At the moment there is no conversation about [the NL adopting the DH] . . . That doesn't mean it won't happen," the Commissioner tells Verducci. "I've always said it would take something of a cataclysmic event to get that done. Geographic realignment would be such a cataclysmic event."

The DH was born on April 6, 1973, when Ron Blomberg of the Yankees stepped in against Boston's Luis Tiant (he walked!), and the rule has been a firebrand ever since. Although the DH is used at most levels of organized baseball, remaking the NL in the AL's image has always been a bridge too far for purists. Some say it's not real baseball, and others, although the evidence doesn't support them, say the NL is at a disadvantage in the World Series and in interleague road games. 

​Under Selig, however, blurring the lines between the leagues has been the norm. In recent years, he's instituted interleague play and brought each league office under the aegis of MLB, thus stripping the NL and AL of much of the autonomy that had defined them for years. 

It's doubtful Selig will still be commissioner by the time there's a serious push to make the DH -- he tells Verducci as much -- but considering how much power he's accrued, it's a near certainty that the next commissioner will largely abide by the Selig Way. The opposite path to uniformity -- getting rid of the DH in the AL -- is an impossibility since the MLBPA would never agree to such a change. Indeed, it may be a simple matter of time before the DH at last barges into the senior circuit.   

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mingloopok
Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:29 pm
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Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:51 am
 

Will the National League adopt the DH?

The DH adds strategy?!?!?!?  Can't tell if that is intended to be a joke or you are just highly ignorant.  Using David Otiz hurts your arguments b/c he cheated and used steroids and he's never been able to wear a baseball glove and field sucessfully.



Since: Feb 3, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 11:30 pm
 

Will the National League adopt the DH?

DH actually adds to strategy...managers are forced to actually know their pitching staffs and manage accordingly instead of making easy, cookie cutter moves. And if you are excited by watching Ron Roenicke execute the double switch over watching Victor Martinez, Hideki Matsui or David Ortiz swing for the fences, then you may need a jolt of something anyways. It will never go away, the Players Association will not give up 15 high paying positions and is looking forward to having 30 of those in the near future. Also, it currently gives a huge negotiating advantage to the AL.




Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Will the National League adopt the DH?

Or they could just get rid of that abomination all together.  DH takes the strategy out of the game.


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