MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says talk about a universal DH has 'probably moved a little bit'

If you're tired of the DH debate, I have bad news for you. It's not going away anytime soon. In fact, it sounds like things are about to heat up. 

At the quarterly owners' meetings Thursday, commissioner Rob Manfred said talk about implementing the DH in the National League is moving forward.

It is important to note that "the dialogue actually probably moved a little bit" is a very long ways away from the DH coming to the NL. It's a conversation worth having, for sure, and it a conversation that is continuing to happen.

I am very much a pro-DH guy. Pitchers are hitting .112/.144/.143 in 2,124 plate appearances this season -- 2,124 plate appearances! -- and that is inarguably terrible. Furthermore, pitchers are getting worse and worse at hitting with each passing year:

Pretty terrible. The idea that the NL involves more strategy is overblown -- I guess my feeble DH loving brain can't appreciate a sac bunt or a double switch -- and whatever extra strategy exists is more than negated by watching terrible pitcher at-bats. They collectively stink at hitting.

There's also a self-preservation aspect here. Teams are spending gobs of money on pitchers and there's no reason to put them at increased risk of injury. Jacob deGrom hyperextended his pitching elbow taking a swing earlier this year. Jimmy Nelson needed surgery on his pitching shoulder last year after a slide. How is that good for baseball?

For now, the universal DH debate lives on and it is taking place in MLB's executive offices. It may not be imminent, but things are moving in that direction, and as far as I'm concerned that's a good thing for baseball. Pitchers hitting is an antiquated idea.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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