Universal DH: One (of two, apparently) thing(s) they can “agree” on!


Again in April of 2015, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo shared his ideas on the potential for baseball bringing the designated hitter to the Nationwide League in an interview with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Grant Paulsen, telling the radio host he was … not a giant fan of the thought.

“I hate the DH,” Rizzo mentioned succinctly.

“I all the time have hated the DH. I’d hate to see the DH within the Nationwide League.”

Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez began off not liking the thought of the common DH in baseball, however over the course of 2020’s 60-game COVID marketing campaign he began to get used to the thought of getting one other non-pitcher bat within the lineup.

“The technique shall be somewhat for me — since you don’t should make these double switches and make these type of strikes of that nature. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless going to be baseball,” the supervisor mentioned going into the 2020 season.

“I believe you’re going to see somewhat extra hitting all through baseball since you do get an additional hitter and get the DH. However we’ll see what occurs. I’m a giant fan of the Nationwide League, and I like the entire strategic a part of the sport.”

Popping out of the disappointing follow-up to 2019’s World Sequence win, Martinez acknowledged that he’d had a change of opinion.

“Admittedly, at first I didn’t actually just like the DH within the Nationwide league,” he defined.

“As we performed final 12 months, I type of acquired accustomed to it. I preferred it. It offers us one other bat in our lineup, which is type of good.”

Based on MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday, although there’s nonetheless numerous work to be accomplished on a brand new collective bargaining settlement with the MLBPA, two issues they’ve “agreed” upon are the adoption of the common DH and a draft lottery.

In fact, as famous by MLBTraderumors.com, “… using ‘agreed’ is a bit deceptive.”:

“The 2 events haven’t reached a proper settlement on both problem. Quite, Manfred’s use of ‘agreed’ merely signifies that each the common DH and elimination of draft-pick compensation have been included as parts of a broader proposal put forth by MLB a while in the past.”

Positives: Ryan Zimmerman’s return is extra possible if there’s a DH within the NL. So when you’re not prepared for Zim-less Nats, there’s that. It creates extra alternatives to get Juan Soto relaxation whereas conserving his bat within the lineup. Yadiel Hernàndez appears actually well-suited to the position (although the Nats have been glad along with his enchancment on the defensive finish final season). However critically, we hate the DH. It’s an abomination.

Negatives: No extra actual baseball. Rizzo hates it. And you understand how the previous baseball saying goes, “You cheer for the GM within the entrance workplace, not the identify on the again of the jersey.” Phrase.

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