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Major League Baseball Is Headed Towards An AL-only DH Again And That Would Be A Travesty

Total164 Reports have surfaced that Major League Baseball plans to return to an AL-only DH, like in years past. According to LaVelle Neal of the Star Tribune, the players union and MLB will need to come to a bargaining agreement to stop the reversal. People have criticized the inconsistent application of the rule for years ...

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  1. This article makes me so happy. I’m a Red Sox fan, so naturally I love the DH. I have heard the traditionalist argument against the DH and I simply can not accept it. In the NL, when the pitcher comes to the plate, its nearly an automatic out. To the point that if there are players on base, fans of that team hope the pitcher strikes out to avoid a potential rally-killing double play.

    To put this in a different context, this would be if the NFC had a rule that on every 9th play on offense, regardless of the quarter, regardless of the length of the drive, the offense has to put in the punter at QB. Doesn’t matter if you are on your own 20 or its 3rd and goal from the 5 yard line. And it was like this for the last 50 years. And you keep doing it, even though it KILLS your offense 99% of the time because its tradition.

  2. Disagree on this one. NL baseball is real baseball. We’ve focused grouped movies to the point they have no charm. The quirkiness of baseball is a blessing, not an albatross in need of consultants saying the DH will bring more fans.

    #NLfansmatter

  3. I feel with the advent of the age of homeruns and strikeouts which is where MLB is literally – there is a freshness in NL baseball. It’s strange to say because I hear the arguments on the pitchers not being that competitive at the plate, OK – no argument there – but I guess I am a baseball purist at heart. I look at an AL score of 14-9 and that doesn’t really do anything for me. NL baseball preserves on some basic levels the old-time strategy of thinking through a pitching change and the batting order in the 7th inning and MLB, I would guess, isn’t ready to part with that.

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