Designated debate: What should baseball do with the DH?

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 25, 2013 - 5:07 PM

Some want the NL to adopt it; others say let the differences remain.

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BallFourJun. 24, 1311:04 PM

The DH permeates baseball at all levels, except the NL. But it's outlived its usefulness, which was to increase AL scoring. The DH did that dramatically at first. But now there's enough scoring. Watching pitchers try to hit is brutal, but the DH isn't necessary and makes it harder to manage. In the NL, inning, score, and who's in the on-deck circle often dictate when to remove a pitcher. It's "the book." In the AL there's no such book.

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kennyrogersJun. 24, 1311:13 PM

The DH is kind of like Instant Replay. It's not right, but it's not going away. If the National League had the DH, maybe sluggers like the Giant's Barry Bonds, the Cardinals Mark McGwire, and the Cub's Sammy Sosa would still be playing. Okay, bad examples.

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firefly70Jun. 25, 1312:24 AM

While I'm not going to downplay the impact having the DH has helped the Twins in the past (acquiring Don Baylor in '87 for a late season push; Chili Davis in '91; being able to lure Paul Molitor to finish his career with the Twins), I've never been a big fan of the DH. I've always felt if a player is unable to actually play out on the field, he shouldn't be trying to hang on a bit longer to his career by just batting 4-5 times a game. But that's just my opinion.

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BatteryJun. 25, 1312:24 AM

If one DH is good, why not two or three? Got a slick fielding shortstop who can't hit a lick - no problem, use another DH for him. Your catcher can't run very fast - put in a courtesy runner for him whenever he reaches base. Why stop there - just go to platoon baseball. Make enough changes and you could call it Arena Baseball.

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woodbury777Jun. 25, 13 5:20 AM

Here all along I've been thinking Gardenhire just doesn't know how to manage and when to remove a pitcher. Now, I see it's been because of the DH rule all along. I wonder how many other managers would do better if they switched leagues?

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scoalsammyJun. 25, 13 5:40 AM

Baseball would be way better off getting rid of the DH for two reasons. First off the strategic aspect makes the game more interesting and, secondly, both league's should have the same rules. If a guy can't play defense he should retire and the pitcher can hit or bunt to help his own cause.

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ryannolanJun. 25, 13 8:49 AM

The DH is not--I repeat--is not going away. Therefore, any "debate" about it is nothing more than barstool blathering and a total waste of time.

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njfan08Jun. 25, 13 9:32 AM

I think the NL shout adopt the DH. Being a Mets and Twins fan, I cringe when my pitcher comes to bat...for the most part they become the designated out, bunting the runner over or a sac-fly. Some that can and do hit, I don't want them on the bases either. I don't want them getting hurt or not having time to rest before he's back on the mound. And with managers being so protective of pitch counts, innings pitched etc. do they really need their ace at bat? There's plenty of strategy without risking your million dollar arm running out a ground ball.

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twinsvisionJun. 25, 1311:59 AM

@njfan08... Your comment makes sense, and you have a valid argument, but at the same time how many NL pitchers can you name who have went on the DL because of an injury related to batting or running the bases?

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ryannolanJun. 25, 1312:06 PM

I love it when anti-DH people say that making pitchers bat makes a manager's job "harder" because of the "strategies" involved. Yup, it turns a simple game into a quantum physics quiz, alright. Give me a break.

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