Originally Posted by M2
It sucks because it's more adult league softball than professional baseball.
The biggest difference between the AL and NL style? The DH pretty much eliminates the double switch. It's pretty tough to see how eliminating the need to down grade a position player in order to compensate for the glaring specialization of the pitcher (a fair characterization of the double switch) makes the AL like rec league softball.
I get that a double switch might occasionally be curious but most often they are pedestrian after thoughts conerning intriguing strategy. Double switches aren't exactly a popular subject on redszone with threads devoted to them being both short and few and far between.
But lets be honest. Comparing the DH to giving Dwight Howard a designated free throw taker is a false analogy. A more accurate analogy given the "strategy" associated with letting pitchers hit would be this-not having the DH is like switching Pau Gasol for Jordan Hill (or if youre retro, AC Green for Kurt Rambis) because Dwight Howard can't shoot free throws.
So again, it's actually the pitcher that is a more specialized player than a DH (especially since the modern DH often rotates between DH and position play) and the strategy used to compensate for the specialization of the pitcher generally involves downgrading a position player as part of a double switch.
How does that make the AL like beer league softball and the NL enlightened? In the abstract (put yourself in the shoes of a person just learning about baseball) how does that even make sense?