Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate
If you're one of the 9 on the field, then you should be one of the 9 at the plate. If the pitcher is a horrbile hitter, then you have a horrible hitter in your lineup. Bat him last. This is not a new concept.
The DH only in the AL at this point is good for baseball. DH or no DH has its pros and cons, but it is one more thing that helps further define two separate leagues. (And for another discussion, I think there should be only one interleague series a year, being the last one played in October...)
I see introducing the DH to the NL will only lead to the castration of the sport. It's a slipper slope...Look at what the NFL is doing with the kickoff, or how tackling the QB is sometimes a penalty...It's a different (and less-great) game because of it.
I wouldn't point fingers at the MLBPA for support of this type of move, but more towards the executives, FO's, and others with their arms elbow-deep in the revenue generated by the sport. They're the ones with the influence powerful enough to change the rules.
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