Should MLB get rid of the designated hitter? | The Tylt
Should MLB get rid of the designated hitter?
Ever since the American League adopted the designated hitter back in the seventies, the move has polarized both fans and players. Watch two of the game's most knowledgable players argue over whether or not the DH should be expanded to the National League (which has refused to adopt the DH in favor of a more traditional game). Should we keep up this imbalance?
Several analysts argue it doesn't even matter what you think. The DH era is ending, the prominent stars of its era are retired, retiring or should be thinking about retiring. Teams are more reticent to invest in players who are one-dimensional. And pitchers are tired of being reduced to an automatic out. The stats are moving in one clear direction—the end of the designated hitter and the resurgence of players who have value beyond the bat.
The era of utility players in MLB has reached its peak. Players such as Martin Prado, Jose Ramirez, Ryan Braun, Corey Dickerson, Rougned Odor, Kelly Johnson, Marwin Gonzalez and Ben Zobrist have proven to be valuable at multiple positions. They could easily fill in at any position and managers wouldn’t have the need to place them at DH. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Times are changing, especially in the National League. It seems like the era of pitchers being an automatic out is over. Pitchers in today’s game have proven to be valuable at the plate, having displayed tremendous power and the ability to prove that they are not just an easy out. Madison Bumgarner, Zack Greinke, Noah Syndergaard and Jose Fernandez, among others, have proven to be offensive threats at the plate. As a result, it may get to a point where the AL may switch to an NL format. If these pitchers can prove to be valuable offensively, why not give them the opportunity to go for it?
Here are the top 10 reasons why MLB should abolish the designated hitter.
1. No other professional league has divisions with different gameplay rules 2. It could increase offense by forcing teams to remove pitchers from games to drive home runs 3. Bunts, hit-and-runs are pretty fun 4. There are too many "specialists" in the sport now 5. Resurgence of "five tool" players 6. Forcing pitchers to hit would create more intrigue throughout a game 7. It would return high-level strategy to the game 8. Would no longer allow players to "hide" a weakness 9. The stats are uneven for the American and National Leagues, and it's time to straighten them out 10. Removing the DH and requiring all pitchers to hit, increases the chances of possibly seeing a pitcher combine pitching greatness with batting
Here are 7 reasons why baseball should not only keep the DH, but expand it to the National League.
1. Both leagues should play by same set of rules 2. Pitchers get hurt at the plate and on the base 3. Not every pitcher is Madison Bumgarner 4. The DH extends careers 5. The DH spot is a great way to ease a young player into the lineup 6.The sport needs more offense 7. The DH gives managers more flexibility