Apr 30, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher pitcher Jordan Lyles rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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In case you missed it this week, the designated hitter question exploded in National League circles again. It was brought on after Adam Wainwright injured himself running out a pop-up on Saturday, and now, everybody’s debating the hell out of this question.
Now, Wainwright himself (accurately) recognized that his injury was a fluke, and that the NL shouldn’t adopt the designated hitter, but that doesn’t mean that, you know, members of the media actually listened to his remarks.
So here we are, with a DH debate that cropped up again and some pretty stark opinions on all sides.
Big thanks to a friend of ours on Twitter for the idea to run this poll, by the way:
So here we go, vote, comment below, tweet us @RoxPileFS, and let us know what you think about a designated hitter in the National League:
To be honest, I hate the idea of a designated hitter in the National League. I also hate the idea of the current DH in the American League. When pitchers don’t bat, it (a) makes the game much, much simpler (in a bad way), because managers don’t have to contest with short benches while they work through the late innings, and (b) it means pitchers don’t have to deal with any repercussions from hitting batters with pitches, and that sucks.
In other words, if the AL would scrap the DH and play real baseball like they should’ve been doing all along, guys like Yordano Ventura with the Kansas City Royals probably would have approached some of his recent, um, rumbles much differently if he knew he were going to have to step in the box and face the consequences of his actions.
But I digress. The DH will never leave the American League, because the MLB Player’s Association will never give up 15 lucrative contracts. And, for that same reason, it might actually extend to the NL at some point, if only to allow for more offense and more high-paid players, to appease the MLBPA and the “fans.”
What do you think?