The American League with the power, their sluggers, their DH. The National League and the element of strategy.
The double-switch, the idea of knowing when to send up that right pinch hitter, and a lot of thought in the dugout has always been a part of the National League’s brand of baseball.
I always preferred the American League’s style of play, but I could live with both sets of rules.
Well, over the last couple of years, I’ve thought more and more about the lack of a designated hitter in the National League.
The more I think about it, the more befuddling it becomes.
In Friday night’s Subway Series opener, Masahiro Tanaka injured both hamstrings scoring on a sacrifice fly from third base to tie the game.
Tanaka was removed from the game and will miss about a month of action.
Yes, any player at any time can strain a hamstring.
And sure, you can make the argument that if you’re part of the game, you need to be able to complete certain tasks, such as running the bases.
All of that is fair, but the idea of having a pitcher bat is not fair to American League pitchers, who maybe are forced to participate in such activities only about two or three times a year.
In fact, it’s unappealing. There are maybe about three or four pitchers in baseball, you’d actually want to see swing a bat.
They are few and far between.
The idea of giving the National League pitcher the breather of going through basically an automatic out doesn’t seem to make sense.
Would I rather watch Masahiro Tanaka or Giancarlo Stanton have four at bats in a given game? Clown question bro.
The designated hitter is basically a part of every game, every league, every denomination, with the exception of the National League.
College and minor league players are come up with the designated hitter as a part of their lives.
If the DH is going to be a part of youth baseball into the players' prime years, then why all of a sudden should we expect that pitcher to be able to swing the bat?
I understand the purist argument, I do. I just think it’s outdated.
When I see a pitcher bat, it’s for the most part unappealing.
My support for Major League Baseball’s universal adoption of the DH goes beyond this Tanaka injury, it’s just simple logic.
It’s a better brand of baseball to watch a real hitter get four at bats as opposed to a pitcher who most likely isn’t being trained to do so.
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