How Adding the DH to the NL Could Help the Pirates in 2017 and Beyond

The DH in the NL could make it easier for the Pirates to keep Andrew McCutchen beyond the 2018 season. Photo Credit: David Hague
How Adding the DH to the NL Could Help the Pirates in 2017 and Beyond

There has been a lot of discussion lately about how the National League could add the Designated Hitter in 2017, after the next round of Collective Bargaining Agreements at the end of the 2016 season. The DH issue is very divisive, so I'm not going to make this article about whether it's a good or bad thing. For the record, I think it's a good thing, as pitchers have no business batting when they get very little practice at this in the minors, and there's no real strategy involved when making decisions involving a pitcher batting.

But I don't want to make the article about why the DH should be added to the National League because I don't think anyone is changing their opinions on the subject, and because it doesn't seem to matter, since the DH to the NL looks to be inevitable. So instea...

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