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Unification and the DH

Rany and Joe Sheehan discussed this at length on their podcast. Basically, Joe and Keith Law were supportive of DHs being the rule if the leagues were to unite and have the same rules. Joe's argument seems to be that watching pitchers flailing at pitches and bunting is not entertaining, and although pitchers were decent hitters at one time in history, they no longer are even close to a replacement level hitter. Rany's argument is that he would rather not have a game filled with "roles." He would prefer that pitchers hit because baseball should not be a game where every player is assigned a role that matches up with a player's strength(s). If pitchers hit, teams' weaknesses are exposed and then, not only do players' strengths determine the outcome of a game, but players' weaknesses also contribute (albeit quite a bit less). Of course, there's also the added strategy involved.

As you might be able to tell, I kind of agree with Rany. The argument that Joe puts forth, that DHs are more entertaining because they provide more offense is not very persuasive. As mentioned in the podcast, Adam Kennedy DHing will be 100x better than a pitcher hitting. I don't see why that is relevant. When you have a Designated Hitter rather than a pitcher hitting, I think the standard of comparison is raised so that a hitter's ability is not compared to a pitcher, but should be compared to other position players. Watching Adam Kennedy hit does not add anything to a game for me. Of course, not all DHs are as pathetic as Adam Kennedy, but if you now have a DH slot to fill on 30 teams instead of 14 teams, I think most teams will only be able to throw a replacement level player in there.

Your thoughts? Does it matter to you that Adam Kennedy is a much better hitter than Micah Owings (one of the best hitting pitchers in recent memory), even if he isn't a good hitter as compared to other hitters?

I will say...I don't think the DH will ever go away now. It can only expand from here.

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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