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Get rid of the DH!

Posted on: January 22, 2008 10:27 am
Here's yet another reason to get rid of the DH--league disparity, and part of the large advantage the AL enjoys over the NL.  You may ask why it gives the AL an advantage over the NL when the teams play with the same rules.  The answer is: personnel.  The NL teams don't carry that extra slugger that the AL teams do.  As a result, when they face one another, you see teams like the Marlins playing a player like Jason Wood when they require a DH.  That's not to say Jason Wood was the DH--on the contrary, that task was left to Miguel Cabrera.  Aaron Boone played third, and Jason Wood and his .239/.286/.368 line spent the game at first. 

Overall in Interleague games, despite players like Miguel Cabrera being at the DH spot and counting in this statistic, here are the stats:

AL DH's: 467 AB, .315/.412/.503, 87 R, 20 HR, 97 RBI, 2 SB, 1 CS
NL DH's: 505 AB, .273/.347/.444 67 R, 19 HR, 63 RBI, 4 SB, 2 CS

That's a huge differential.  The NL DHs were responsible for 38 more outs.  The AL DHs drove home 34 more runs and scored 20 more times.  That's 1.5 games worth of outs and an average of .41 runs per game.  None of this counts the at bats of the Jason Woods who had additional at bats during that game, either.
Category: MLB

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2008 3:31 pm

Get rid of the DH!

If there always were a DH, and especially in both leagues, would we ever have known the true greatness of Babe Ruth?  Would Rick Ankiel now be an outfielder with the Cardinals?  There are reasons the DH is bad, besides making one position be entirely defensive with no need to provide any offense.

That said, my bigger issue is that the leagues are different.  I'd be disappointed if both leagues had the DH rather than it going away, but it's far better than having the situation we have now.  And no, I don't expect it to change.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2008 1:29 pm

Get rid of the DH!

I have to disagree with getting rid of the DH.  It is one of the things that make the AL a lot more entertaining than the NL.  Would you rather see, a player, like Jason Giambi or David Ortiz hit, or see any pitcher in the league at bat.  They give some more excitement, and produce more runs.  And let's face it, most fans, particulary casual fans, like to see scoring and big home runs.  While I admit that there is more strategy involved in the NL as far as having to figure in at bats when making pitcher substitutions, etc., I just don't think it provides the same excitement.  But in the end, to each his own.  Maybe that is why the AL still uses the DH, fans have a choice of leagues to watch.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2008 3:29 pm

Get rid of the DH!

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Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2008 1:05 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2008 12:05 pm

Get rid of the DH!

I couldn't agree more!  Andd I just though of another reason...Barry Bonds.  He's bound to turn up some where in the softball circut AL

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2008 10:53 am

Get rid of the DH!

Tilting at windmills is fun! 

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2008 10:24 pm

Get rid of the DH!

Or let the boring NL change their rules.

I would rather NEVER see a pither stand in the box like a moron again.

your points are meh, keep up with the game and stop coming up with excuses for the NL

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2008 9:58 pm

Get rid of the DH!

The chances of MLB fighting and convincing the PU into eliminating 14 jobs averaging 10 MIl ...

are about the same as the chances that the Yankees will renam their new stadium Fenway Park Jr.

Save your energy for something worthwhile.

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2008 5:25 pm

Get rid of the DH!

The DH makes AL baseball more fun than NL ball

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2008 5:05 pm

Get rid of the DH!

Right on.  Disco Stu wants you to be comfortable while he does his thang...

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