Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate
Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
If they can't bat without hurting themselves or making a fool of themselves then they are not real baseball players.
Many people claim we should have the DH so that pitchers don't get hurt while batting or running the bases. If you can't do those things then don't play baseball.
To me the most compelling argument for a DH is, "Who wants to watch a pitcher bat or run the bases?".
I get that pinch-hitting for the pitcher adds a uniqueness to the NL style of baseball but it's not really dramatically different that AL managers using the pen to exploit platoon splits in the late innings.
Also, bullpen specialists might represent a class of player with the most limited skillset in their sport. In many cases, they are the baseball version of a placekicker. No one picks on the modern specialization of the pen as an affront to baseball players. I'd take an Edgar Martinez over a George Sherrill (aka "death to lefties") anyday concerning baseball players.
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