Originally Posted by Crumbley
What is the reasoning there? Are some kids too out of shape to run the bases or is it to just get more an opportunity to play?
The designated runner is used in youth league games, mainly for the catcher, for the sole reason that most youth league games work on a time limit. Getting the catcher off the bases and back in the dugout to get his gear on saves time between innings which leads to more innings for the kids in the actual game.
As far as the DH for the NL? Never is my hope. I hate it.