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Why National League may have to adopt DH soon

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09:19 AM ET 03.03 | This year marks the 40th anniversary of the designated hitter. But hold the celebrations. Because having the two leagues playing under different rules never has been more problematic than now. It is to such a degree that one veteran general manager said, "It is just a matter of time until the leagues are forced to play under one set of rules and, let's face it, the DH is not going away, so that is going to be what everyone uses." Here are just a few of the main problems: 1. More teams can spend big money than ever. Yet, NL clubs are at a disadvantage to sign position players -- specifically corner players -- to the kind of mega-deals like Prince Fielder (nine years, $214 million with Tigers) and Albert Pujols (10 years, $240 million with Angels) did to switch leagues. NL teams have no soft-DH landing spot for such players to retain some value, even if they no longer can play the field competently. 2. Thus, instead of having 15-18 interleague games played in two clusters before the All-Star break, interleague games will be interspersed from the first to last day of the season. So each AL club will have to decide how to prepare its pitchers to do something foreign -- hit and run the bases -- at different intervals rather than just twice all year.

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March 3, 2013  09:25 AM ET

Don't Do It, Bros!

March 3, 2013  09:32 AM ET

What is wrong with the AL going back to the way baseball was invented and having 8 position players bat along with the pitcher.

March 3, 2013  09:42 AM ET

the DH should go away ASAP. It was "invented" to boost revenues and it destroyed the strategy of the game.

March 3, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

the DH should go away ASAP. It was "invented" to boost revenues and it destroyed the strategy of the game.

Never happen. Too many guys make too much money way beyond their days of playing in the field.

March 3, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Great idea. Take the dumbest rule ever put into a profesional sport, and force it on everyone, so that real baseball is no longer played anywhere.

March 3, 2013  09:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Great idea. Take the dumbest rule ever put into a profesional sport, and force it on everyone, so that real baseball is no longer played anywhere.

Diehard American League fan............But I hate the DH rule.........Let it be gone !!!!!!!!!!!!

March 3, 2013  10:02 AM ET

Why it is more problematic than it ever was before? Because with the new interleague schedule AL pitchers are forced to hit and run year round instead of twice a year? So? That's too bad for them. Let them get hurt. It is price they must pay for deviating from the conventional league rules to begin with. If their pitchers cannot hit and run then they have their own problems

March 3, 2013  10:08 AM ET

Having to watch a pitcher hit is like watching paint dry.

March 3, 2013  10:18 AM ET
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Having to watch a pitcher hit is like watching paint dry.

But watching AL pitchers hurt themselves doing something as routine as running the bases is exciting

March 3, 2013  10:19 AM ET

This article stated, "let's face it, the DH is not going away"!!! Why is that and why should the NL adopt the DH??? IMO the DH has ruined the game. Here you have a 40 year old man that just sits on his butt, when his team is out in the field, then gets up 3/4 times a game and swing a bat. If he is lucky enough to get a hit, then he gets a chance to run the bases. Screw the DH, if baseball wants both leagues to play under one set of rules, then let the AL, get back to "real" baseball and get rid of the DH, like it originally was!!! Just my opinion.

March 3, 2013  10:21 AM ET

NL teams have won four out of the last five World Series. Yep. It's time for a change...

March 3, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Having to watch a pitcher hit is like watching paint dry.

LOL, you must have been a pitcher in your younger days!!!!! IMO, all 9 players, should come to the plate and bat!!!!!

March 3, 2013  10:28 AM ET

I like the DH. I like offense. If the pitchers are that good, then let them face another legit hitter.

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March 3, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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60 years ago they had football players play 2 ways, is football horrible cause they have specialized offensive and defensive players?

But, football players can still play "2 ways", if they wish and the coach allows them . How many pitcher do you see as a DH?? IMO, if a pitcher is not a very good hitter, then have him take a little extra batting practice. IMO, the only advantage of the DH, is that it has allows players to extend their playing careers!!!

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March 3, 2013  10:51 AM ET
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agree-what's the point of having a guaranteed out every 9th batter?ooooooh- they can bunt a guy over - fun.60 years ago they had football players play 2 ways, is football horrible cause they have specialized offensive and defensive players?

Look, The AL can keep their DH. No problem. Just don't expect the NL to switch over. Ain't gonna happen

 
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