Originally Posted by M2
The DH sucks like giving Dwight Howard a designated free throw taker would suck.
I guess I don't understand this analogy. Is Dwight Howard expected to bring the ball up the court? No, a point guard does that (most of the time).
Is Votto expected to play SS or CF when the team wants him to? Nope.
All pro sports are very specialized.
Let's say we had a crystal ball. We have a chance to draft Latos. We look into the future and see that he'll never get a hit or walk in his entire career. We'd still draft him, right? Shaq was awful at shooting free throws (at least in his early career), but that's not what he was paid to do, so the team tolerated his deficiency there.
I mean, I understand, NL fans grew up seeing the pitcher hit, they like it, and will resist change. I get it. But I don't see how a pitcher haplessly getting his at bat "over with" makes him a complete player. It doesn't. 95% of pitchers are incompetent hitters compared to position players, but it really doesn't matter.
A position player that loses his ability to field, but can still hit, will still have a job somewhere. A pitcher that can't pitch, but still hits well for a pitcher is out of a job.