Originally Posted by dougdirt
The sooner it happens, the better it will be for NL baseball. Personally, I don't like the DH, but I also know that it is never going away because the MLBPA isn't going to allow it. Too many guys have held jobs longer than they otherwise would have and gotten paid very well because of it to let it happen.
It creates inequality for the AL. They can sign contracts that NL teams simply can't. That allows them to stack more talent overall than the NL can. They can sign a big slugger in his early 30's to a big deal that a team in the NL can't because they know in 5-7 years he won't be able to play defense at all, so they can't pay him $15+M. The AL can though.
I think the MLBPA is smart enough to know that the DH doesn't add more money into the game. It shifts money away from young guys and gives it to old guys, but it doesn't increase the total amount of money given to players across the league. There are still going to be 25 roster slots per team with or without the DH. If the DH is making big bucks that is less money the team can give to another player or players. I don't see why the MLBPA would automatically be in favor of the DH.
If American League teams want to invest a ton of money for a long-term contract to a DH then they will have less money to invest in the rest of their team, so I don't think having the DH gives AL teams an advantage over NL teams. Having a DH doesn't give a team more money to spend on payroll, it merely changes how they distribute the money.