Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate
We should be able to agree, the NL is at a disadvantage. NL teams have one extra bullpen arm, AL teams have one extra hitter. In AL parks, the AL team will more likely have the better DH. In NL parks, the AL team will most likely have the better bench. Over time, AL teams will get better, because investing in hitter provides a better return than investing in middle relievers.
We should also be willing to accept that the players union might part with the DH. I think most players would vote to trade 2 roster spots (27 man rosters) for the DH.
Both leagues need to play by the same rules. I think both options are possible. The only thing we should be debating is the DH. I enjoy each at bat because of the framework of the game. I like the NL game better. For me, it is not just about the most ABs with the best pitcher V. the best hitters.
However, I agree, that rosters with 12 pitchers and 13 position players make for less exciting late game PH ABs. I think 27 player rosters would help eliminate some of the bad ABs the pro DH guys don't like