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Designated Hitter in the National League? (Post #63: Proposed for 2019 by MLBPA)


Should the National League adopt the Designated Hitter?
Yes, I am in favor of the DH in the National League. 60%  60%  [ 113 ]
No, I do not want the DH in the National League. 40%  40%  [ 75 ]
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Posted: February 06, 2019, 1:58 PM Post
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I do like that idea Oxy.

I prefer the strategy of the NL, but I hate that both leagues play by different rules...

Add that the Brewers have had their fair share of odd pitcher injuries and I am ready for the DH.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 3:58 PM Post
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Let's just be done with it and call it softball. Hit and run is all but dead, stolen bases closely behind. Nobody can put down a sac bunt, the few times it's even tried. Now add DH, may as well out a keg at 2B. The manager can now turn in the lineup card and go home, because there is no strategy left in the game.

I realize nobody seems to care very much about that, but it's always been one of my favorite parts about baseball. I also know DH in NL is inevitable, shocked it hasn't happened by now actually.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 5:48 PM Post
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Do pitching changes and pinch hitters not exist in the AL?

And bunting is dead because it’s dumb to give away outs in a lot of cases.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 5:52 PM Post
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I for one welcome our new DH overlords!


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 6:12 PM Post
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Might coulda kept Domingo if we knew the DH was coming...

Probably won't happen until 2020 though

The David Stearns era: Controllable Young Talent. Watch the Jedi work his magic!


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 6:16 PM Post
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Do pitching changes and pinch hitters not exist in the AL?


Pitching changes occur all too frequently as there is no regard whatsoever to how it affects the defense and batting lineup. Benches are full of specialized players who can do one or two things well and are never used except for that instance. This is true in the NL too, but players and managers are forced into more situations that make a complete, well-rounded baseball player more valuable even if he lacks an elite tool.


And bunting is dead because it’s dumb to give away outs in a lot of cases.


Yes, when your lineup is full of slow sluggers who can always hit a 3 run homer. It makes playing for 1 run in an inning a stupid strategic play. Playing for a single run makes for a much better game that emphasizes all the tools that are necessary for a complete baseball player--both offensively and defensively.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 6:20 PM Post
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Oddly, instead of changing the rules, one could just change the dimensions of the parks to emphasize certain skills. If all ballparks had the dimensions of the old Polo Grounds, there would be a lot of homers, doubles and triples--and having a speedy, toolsy, defensive outfield would be absolutely necessary.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 7:37 PM Post
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Negotiations 101 - ask for more than you are willing to accept. They know that NL teams are not in position to adopt the DH in 2019. And they also know that there are some free agents still out there (Harper, Moustakas, etc.) who this could create demand for indirectly (move someone else to DH after signing these guys).

I like the idea of a limit on the number of plate appearances per DH. Keeps an element of strategy and defensive value.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 8:11 PM Post
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I don't like watching pitchers hit. They are terrible at it. I don't like watching pitchers get hurt running the bases, they are terrible at it.

I am completely in favor of the DH.


Actually, some pitchers excel at getting hurt running the bases.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 8:12 PM Post
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While I totally understand the reasons for the call of going to a MLB wide DH rule it make prefect sense for today’s baseball, however the baseball purist in me and the love of the chess game the happens later in games in games with the pitchers hitting would hate to lose that part of the game.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 8:21 PM Post
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I’ve been done with no DH since it was a useless & unnecessary way to destroy our up & coming Aces shoulder. Who knows if Jimmy will ever refind his 2017 form.

DH gives a big Bat like Thames a spot without having to play OF. It can help young guys get in lineup more. When we had Khris Davis & Santana, we wouldn’t have to suffer through awful defense (Davis’s arm still grades out as one of worst in all baseball averaging about 78 mph on competitive throws)

I use to love interleague where we would call up Fielder or a Gamel to get pro ABs. The way interleague has been blended year round and not really a big deal anymore like it use to, don’t see need to keep them different. I get strategy & peoples love for it but I love runs & the longball. Having to watch guys like Ben Sheets go to the plate is awful. Some look as useless as if I was out there.

Kind of surprised, thought more people would want it however, valid reasons why not to. Guess it is all about what you enjoy about watching baseball. I don’t think it hurts the game & strategy nearly as much as the two other big discussions on eliminating shifts & making a reliever pitch an inning or to 3 batters minimum. As a former (but terrible) lefty reliever, hate to see my LOOGYs get shafted


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 8:32 PM Post
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Oxy said:
wntrtxn21 said:
Baldkin said:
I don't like watching pitchers hit. They are terrible at it. I don't like watching pitchers get hurt running the bases, they are terrible at it.

I am completely in favor of the DH.


Why stop with just one DH? Why not go all the way! Raise the rosters to 40 and have offense, defensive, and designated pinch runners. 9 DHs, 9 defenders, and designated pinch runners. That way NO good hitter ever gets hurt running the bases, you always have your best 9 hitters in the game and your best 8 defenders along with a pitcher. Players' union would love it because there would be more jobs.
Pitchers hit maybe twice a game in the NL. In the modern game there are every-day players who whiff 30-35% of their ABs and hit under .200 regularly. The uniqueness and strategy of the NL game far out weighs any argument for a DH.


Yep. The arguments FOR a DH are the ones that don't make sense. That said, since it's way too late to eliminate the DH, I'd 100% be in favor of the DH only for the starting pitcher idea mentioned several times in this thread.

This would be a slight concession to the traditionalists who really like the idea of starting pitchers and hate the idea of "bullpenning" as it would add incentive to leaving your starting pitcher in as long as possible in order to keep the DH in the game (or at least keep the DH from having to play the field).

It keeps almost all the strategy of the NL AND pretty much eliminates the possibility of pitchers having to hit. If you add a roster spot it would almost guarantee a pitcher never hits except in the case of extra inning games. If the AL is too addicted to their current permanent use of the DH, just have this rule in the NL for a few years to see how it works.


Sounds great.....


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 8:35 PM Post
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When we had Khris Davis

You had to mention that didn't you... can you imagine Davis in the middle of that lineup last year? 48 HRs with half of his games in Oakland (and a bunch in Seattle, San Francisco, etc.). Put that in Miller park for 81 games, and another big RH bat against Chicago's (and LA's) lefties...


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 10:16 PM Post
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Santana would be nice as a DH too.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 10:17 PM Post
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LouisEly said:
YoungGeezy1 said:
When we had Khris Davis

You had to mention that didn't you... can you imagine Davis in the middle of that lineup last year? 48 HRs with half of his games in Oakland (and a bunch in Seattle, San Francisco, etc.). Put that in Miller park for 81 games, and another big RH bat against Chicago's (and LA's) lefties...


There is a sleeping giant I haven’t seen post yet... thought I’d wake him up for one of those frequent Khris Davis trade rants [wink] but really only reason he was traded was there where better defensive options & no DH. When I guy struggles to get ball from LF to cutoff & teams can run all day on... Brewers didn’t have a choice. But man, those runs would have been nice!

Good news if it passes for this season, Nottingham can finally get his ABs to see what is actually is! My arguments with Briggs these past few years all go out window if he just sucks at MLB level.... fought to long in support of trade to lose as has many others ha


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 10:21 PM Post
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I’m saddened by the short-sightedness of the proposal. Another idea that makes it harder on small market teams. Baseball used to be unique—everyone had to run, throw, hit, field—now,well, I’m just disgusted. But as I’ve said before all good things come to an end. When it happens I will no longer follow the game. Strike out, home run, strike out, home run—it’s like watching a metronome. You know there was a time when baseball was the sport of the thinking person. At this point I hope you DH lovers get what you want. Two hour games that end 12-11 with a walk off. Sorry to vent. I know progress is good, but the genericizing of the game will never be progress. BORING.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 10:32 PM Post
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You know I really hate that idea that since pitchers are bad at hitting they shouldn’t hit. Then never go to a little league game or a high school game or even a college game—they’re almost all bad at hitting, pitching, running, etc. I’m a Chinooks season tix holder maybe I should forget about them. Maybe we should run all the major leaguers outta the league who are below average hitters—tell that to Omar Vizquel.


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Posted: February 06, 2019, 11:29 PM Post
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Clemente’s Dream said:
I’m saddened by the short-sightedness of the proposal. Another idea that makes it harder on small market teams. Baseball used to be unique—everyone had to run, throw, hit, field—now,well, I’m just disgusted. But as I’ve said before all good things come to an end. When it happens I will no longer follow the game. Strike out, home run, strike out, home run—it’s like watching a metronome. You know there was a time when baseball was the sport of the thinking person. At this point I hope you DH lovers get what you want. Two hour games that end 12-11 with a walk off. Sorry to vent. I know progress is good, but the genericizing of the game will never be progress. BORING.


I honestly have zero issue or boredom of watching the Red Sox or many other AL teams. I don’t think Brewers before the switch to NL was awful either. Now I get you hate the no bunting, running, and such but DH doesn’t wreck baseball. Plenty of great rotations & pens out there. Just because there is a DH doesn’t completely destroy the game. I’ve never heard AL complain about how awful baseball is.

Only issue I have is if they take away swifts & control bullpen usage just to speed up game. There is no need for it. Watching pitchers hit is brutal. Watching pitchers get injuried on baseballs or at the plate even worse. Guy hurts arm throwing so be it. At the plate or bases though, that’s just foolish in my eyes. MadBum missing month or two broken hand. Nelson missing over a year for sliding.... all preventable. You don’t want 12-11 games.... stop putting aces in harms way intentionally. They don’t spend enough time on hitting & baserunning. They focus on what’s important....their pitching


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Posted: February 07, 2019, 12:48 AM Post
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I used to be a baseball purist and hated the DH.

Now I'm a pragmatist and realize I don't want to see a pitcher hitting any more than I want to see a left fielder pitching. It's stupid and pointless.

As for those saying having a pitcher hit leads to more "strategy," c'mon man! A trained monkey can pull off a double switch. There's not much strategy there to be had. For every 5th inning, "do I pinch hit for the pitcher?" scenario you have a 7th inning two runners on, two outs, and the pitcher due up next scenario. The manager is pulling the pitcher regardless of how well he's pitching. In that case you are being robbed of strategy and wise judgment.

However, they should only bring the DH into the NL with a 2-3 year lead time so GM's in the NL can best set up their teams for the rule change.


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Posted: February 07, 2019, 2:40 AM Post
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I loved the Brewers just fine when they played with a DH until 1997. I’ll love them just fine if they go back to using it.

And the “strategy” in the NL is the most overrated red herring foisted upon us by baseball fans.

Most of it what’s called “strategy” isn’t strategy at all, it’s obligation forced on managers because of a black hole in the lineup. There’s no big brains at work with NL bullpen management either. In the AL, you have to manage your bullpen around the matchups without that black hole in the lineup.

As far as pinch-hitting is concerned? Every manager chooses the right LHP/RHP vs. LHB/RHB split or chooses a player who happens to hit a certain pitcher well.

That’s not strategy. That’s called reading a spreadsheet.

The strategy in baseball takes place on the pitch-to-pitch level. Not in the obvious decisions that anyone with half-a-brain can make.


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