I was reading some articles on mlb.com today and I came across one by Anthony Castrovince that raised an interesting point. With the Astros moving to the A.L. in 2013 and thus putting 15 teams in each League, there will have to be an Interleague Series played throughout the season. And with an Interleague Series having to take place at all times in 2013, the idea of standardizing the “DH rule” across both Leagues has picked up some steam. By standardizing I of course mean either having the DH in both Leagues or not have it at all.
Personally, I’m in favor of standardization and one set of rules governing both Leagues. No matter which way the rule works (no DH or DH), it would make it a lot easier on teams to set their lineups and get their Pitchers ready to hit if need be. Yet despite my call (Padres Manager Bud Black is also quoted in Castrovince’s article stating he is in favor of the “standardization” rule as well) for standardization, I do find one set of rules better than the other.
Don’t get me wrong, watching 99% of M.L.B. Pitchers hit is awful. But I darn sure believe that they should. I’m an N.L. guy, and it’s always been my belief that if you don’t field a position, you have no business in the batter’s box except for pinch-hitting situations. If you find it that difficult to pick up a 1st Baseman’s mitt Big Papi or Travis Hafner maybe you should retire. Sure the big flies are nice to watch, but the actual strategy of the game is greatly diminished when a Pitcher is not hitting for himself. But before I go off on a rant, I’ll just leave you with that.
I’ve certainly stated my peace. Now it’s time for you the readers to chime in. Leave your comments below and tell me what you think.
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