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First Pitch: Bringing the Designated Hitter to the National League

First Pitch: Bringing the Designated Hitter to the National League

Maury Brown of Biz of Baseball had an article today talking about why the DH is likely coming to the National League. Brown notes that the DH seems inevitable now that there are 15 teams in each league, and interleague play all year long. He also notes some of the roadblocks, such as the fact that adding a DH to the National League will drive up total salaries. Brown finished by saying that someone, somewhere is making the case for the DH in the National League.

Allow me to make that case.

First of all, I'm not a baseball purist. I embrace change, and don't agree with doing things just because that's how they've always been done, or that's how they're supposed to be done. That probably extends to more things in my life than just baseball, but in terms of baseball I think some of the purist arguments are silly.

The argument behind the designated hitter is that the National League has never had one, and pitchers have always been expected to pitch and hit. So in a baseball purist...

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