You accept the assets with the liabities. Some are there for their bat some for their glove. Whether it be a light hitting shortstop with fantastic range or a power hitting bat who butchers first base. Same goes for the ace on the mound who can’t hit the side of a barn. With a DH you may as well have 9 DHs and 9 fielders
In 3rd grade, we played baseball with the rule that if you are a baby and you don't want to field, then you don't get to hit. Are these American League players more babies than I was in 3rd grade? Why can't they just play the whole game like everyone else?
Leads to less strategy in the game as claimed by managers coming to the National League from the American League. The DH is not real baseball. You also cannot have one league have the DH and one league not have it. It does not make sense. It is time to abolish the DH. If you want to make the players union happy about eliminating a position, then increase rosters to 26.
Baseball is a game of hitting, running and throwing. Its a game of 9 positions a Designated Hitter is a position hitter without any fielding. Wouldn't that be like being a man without any child hood?
Too much change has taken place with the designated hitter rule. Players are thinking too much on hitter than the other aspects of the game.
The DH rule was adopted in the 1970s in an attempt to add more offense into the game and to allow great hitters who could no longer play the field an opportunity to extend their careers. Today we see very little evidence that those goals have been accomplished. Designated hitters are usually poor offensive players today with a few exexceptions. Adam Dunn, Mark Reynolds, Justin Smoak, these are DHs who will hit 20 HRs or so while hitting near the Mendoza Line and don't really add much ooffense. DHs today are often used to give guys days off here and there while keeping their bat in the lineup so, the reasons for It's inception don't even apply today, rendering the concept to be outdated and, for those reasons it should be abolished
The National League, admirably, never gave in to the Designated Hitter. They've stayed true to "Real" baseball by incorporating the strategy and thinking ahead that makes baseball great. Also, it's not like the DH has made the American League superior. Before the 2013 Season, when Interleague Play did not occur every week, the AL might have outscoured the NL but the W/L records were very comparable. Also, the NL has brought home just as many, if not more, World Series titles.
In 1903, Cy Young hit an avg .321 in 1903, he was a pitcher. Some would say the best pitcher in all of baseball history and yet he can hit better than most players in the MLB. His career avg was .210 which is still better than some players and most pitchers these days. He pitched more games than anyone else ever and yet people still say that 20 wins a year is good for a pitcher. I only have one thing to say to you pitchers out there "MAN UP!".
The designated hitter was instituted in 1973 as a way for American League teams to produce more runs per game. The American League was only producing about 3.9 runs per game then and was significantly behind the National League in total attendance. Now that we are in an era with some of the highest run productions the game has seen (approximately 5-5.1 runs per game) we no longer need the designated hitter to produce extra runs.
The game in the old days always had the pitcher hit..It also creates an unfair advantage to the NL..Because superstar players will leave for the AL, because later in their career they can just DH..That makes it harder to recruit star players to the NL later in their career. So let's abolish the DH!
I saw a nice example for this topic the other day. It said, "Imagine a kid is in high school and is awful at math and English. They tell the kid he doesn't have to take either of the classes. He ends up getting valedictorian because he didn't have to take those two classes. Does this seem fair?" It's the same concept with baseball. If all a guy has to do is hit, that's taking away half of the game. Does that seem fair that he gets in for being just a power hitter that is awful at fielding? Didn't think so.
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If the DH were to be abolished then the pitcher would hit. Pitchers aren't trained to hit Homers and RBI's. They are trained to pitch strikeouts. Let's compare how many HR's pitchers have gotten and how many DH's have gotten. Warren Spahn has hit 37 home runs in his career as a pitcher. Last season (2015) David Ortiz hit 37 home runs. First, a DH can hit way better than Pitchers. Which means you will have many more exciting games with a DH who hits a HR to tie the game. But if you abolish the DH then in the last inning with 2 outs the pitcher swings, strike out, game over. So in a summary if you get rid of the DH MLB games will get really predictable and boring.
People can use any stat they want to argue against it but the average hitter has a higher batting average than the average pitcher and it's not even close. Most people think it goes to a past his prime slugger but that doesn't have to be the case. A young prospect a DH to get mlb at bats or an ideal lead off man can occupy the role. It can be used by the regular starters to rest them over 162 game season. It's an option that doesn't have to be used a singular way.
The are also specialty pitchers that are brought in to close games or finish innings. Sometimes brought in to get 1 guy out. They are never intended to hit anyway and are removed for a pinch hitter which can use up a bench unlike the DH.
If a team has a pitcher that can hit they can forfeit the DH for the game. It's an option.
With respect to the argument that Cy Young batted .321 one year and .210 his career I say: The game was different back then.
Back then baseball was a "game" as ruled by the Supreme Court in 1922 (wrongfully so) and players before were force to find second jobs which no doubt effected their play. It wasn't a bunch if 'professionals" who's lives were spent for the day they'd make it in the Bigs.
Now in this generation, pitchers are more fragile (not wimpy, but not strong enough to run the bases) Chin-Ming Wang had his whole career derailed because of an injury running the bases in Houston. The Pitchers position is not like a first or third basemen, where they have to contribute both Offensive and defensively and it puts the pitchers productivity at risk. For example:
All that time your pitcher spent in the batting cages, could have been spent perfecting that Slider or Curveball, instead of gearing up for one or two at bats every three-four days. It's a waste of time. Ozzie Smith and Brooks Robinson didn't have throw Sliders to the First Baseman all they have to throw was fastballs!
My point is; the Pitcher takes more responsibility than the fielder because of the requirements to be good, and it is too old-fashioned to expect Doug Fister to hit .213 today against the likes of Lackey, Lester and Verlander.
It's an old-rule from the Civil War, time for the NL to just adopt it and stop defending ancient rules that don't help the League in any shape way form.
Years ago pitchers pitched every third day giving them more at bats, there were some pretty good hitting pitchers. Even earlier pitchers played the field when they weren't pitching, much better hitters. Today's pitchers are a liability with a bat in their hands, who wants that. For the purists out there, let's remove lights from parks, raise pitching mounds, use old thick handled bats, 3 day rotations, metal cleats, etc. Etc.
I like the idea of having a designated hitter in the American League of the MLB. It is something that is unique to that particular league and makes the game very interesting. Nobody likes watching a pitcher hit, so its nice to see them replaced with a player that is a power hitter.
The pitcher has the hardest job in the game when facing the opponent. It is tiring and mentally demanding, comparable only to the catcher. It is unfair for the pitcher to also have to hit, and since pitchers do not play regularly, they are lousy hitters who are no fun to watch. The DH is also a great way to have veteran players and superstars stay on a team a little longer.