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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: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2008 3:41 pm

Get rid of the DH!

i couldnt agree more but for a different reason. Simply put, if you cant play the field every game (excluding a day off here and there)  you don't deserve to play baseball. Its a game of not only hitting but fielding too.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2008 3:14 pm

Get rid of the DH!

Rigth on! And if they dont stop they should do it in all parks so it doesnt mess with the Worls Series, Selig should pcik one or the other.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2008 11:53 am

Get rid of the DH!

Additionally, on the message boards the point was made that NL pitchers should be better hitters than AL pitchers because they do it more often.  The reality is they're equal.  Over the 2006-07 seasons, here are the stats:

AL Pitchers: .139/.176/.248 1 HR, 25 RBI, 23 R
NL Pitchers: .136/.174/.300 2 HR, 21 RBI, 20 R

Effectively, it's a push.  The end result: if you aren't a quality major league hitter, it isn't going to matter whether you practice it more, you're still not going to hit well enough.

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