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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    It's great to be a purist- but are you really a purist?

    You want to go back to spitballs? Whites only? Ebbet's field?

    Doesn't anyone find it a little odd that we ask someone to get major league hitters out AND be able to hit major league pitching?

    I..it's a competition that takes a steep dive once every nine batters.
    I'm not a purist, I just don't like the DH. For me it takes more away from the game of baseball than it adds. I get that not everyone feels that way. I've watched AL baseball. I live in an AL town. I choose to watch DH-less baseball and have found myself avoiding the other kind as much as I can. If you enjoy the DH you already have a lot of choices. Please don't take away the brand of baseball I enjoy.

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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by puca View Post
    I'm not a purist, I just don't like the DH. For me it takes more away from the game of baseball than it adds. I get that not everyone feels that way. I've watched AL baseball. I live in an AL town. I choose to watch DH-less baseball and have found myself avoiding the other kind as much as I can. If you enjoy the DH you already have a lot of choices. Please don't take away the brand of baseball I enjoy.
    I wholly respect this.

    It is a preference thing.

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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    I like to play poker... I like to play poker without wild cards.

    The DH is baseball's equivalent of the wild card.

    You may like it I don't.

    Let's remember that some of us don't like wild cards

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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    It's great to be a purist- but are you really a purist?

    You want to go back to spitballs? Whites only? Ebbet's field?


    Doesn't anyone find it a little odd that we ask someone to get major league hitters out AND be able to hit major league pitching?

    I..it's a competition that takes a steep dive once every nine batters.
    Sure. Also mandate that players ride from their homes to the field on a horse, declare there are only 38 states, and use leeches to treat a batting slump. C'mon man!

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    In my opinion, if you're going to have two different leagues with two different rules, then do away with interleague play. It would sure make the All-Star Game and World Series mean more. It still to this day blows my mind that the World Series could possibly be a rematch every year, and that still doesn't feel right. Having AL teams decide pennant races in the NL is even more frustrating. If you're going to do it is it too much to ask that interleague schedules are balanced? Either unify the rules or treat them like separate leagues. The differences between the NL and AL are appealing to me and watching the line between them both slowly blur is frustrating.

    But, it's Bud Selig's world. I just reluctantly live in it.

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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    For the price of watching a pitcher hit a couple of times a game, I receive in return:

    -More competitive (fewer early inning blowouts), closer and shorter games.
    -Fewer mid-inning pitching changes (very boring-still too many for my taste)
    -More complex game strategy.

    The frustration of seeing my team's pitcher fail at bat in a early inning situation, is offset by relief when the opposing pitcher does likewise and my team can stay in a game that may be otherwise blown open.

    -I admit that in DH-less baseball it is more difficult to surmount a large deficit. But then those large deficits are more common with a DH hitting instead of auto-out pitchers.

    -I also admit that the DH gives a shot to some experienced hitters to get playing time that they may not otherwise get. Those ABs can be fun to watch.

    Overall however, for me, the entertainment experience of the NL game is far superior. I really hope the DH is not adopted.
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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper View Post
    For the price of watching a pitcher hit a couple of times a game, I receive in return:

    -More competitive (fewer early inning blowouts), closer and shorter games.
    -Fewer mid-inning pitching changes (very boring-still too many for my taste)
    -More complex game strategy.

    The frustration of seeing my team's pitcher fail at bat in a early inning situation, is offset by relief when the opposing pitcher does likewise and my team can stay in a game that may be otherwise blown open.

    -I admit that in DH-less baseball it is more difficult to surmount a large deficit. But then those large deficits are more common with a DH hitting instead of auto-out pitchers.

    -I also admit that the DH gives a shot to some experienced hitters to get playing time that they may not otherwise get. Those ABs can be fun to watch.

    Overall however, for me, the entertainment experience of the NL game is far superior. I really hope the DH is not adopted.
    Blow outs by league over the last decade:

    Code:
              Margin > 4 runs			
    Season	 AL		 NL
    2012	881		986
    2011	881		885
    2010	909		1010
    2009	950		1032
    2008	978		1056
    2007	974		1125
    2006	1006		1079
    2005	964		1009
    2004	1015		1027
    2003	1037		1087
    total	9595		10296
    ave/yr	960		1030
    There isn't a single season in that span where large deficits were more common in the AL vs the NL suggesting that on average AL games are more competitive than NL games.
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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by blumj View Post
    I really don't see checkers to chess, to me they're both checkers wth slight variations. I grew up watching AL ball, and I expected to see some chess once I got the opportunity to watch more NL games, but all I really see is checkers with different rules. The strategy is too simple to make an entertainment value difference to me. I prefer AL, but only because I don't want to miss those last few seasons of guys like Frank Thomas and Vlad, otherwise, either or both is fine to me.
    Yes, I agree. How often was it a "cliffhanger" on whether the NL pitcher got pinch hit for or not? Not very often.
    Although it's kind of funny, Dusty tends to surprise me more than anyone by letting his pitcher hit when I wouldn't expect him to. Not a criticism, just an observation (maybe it was because he has historically had a bench with 1-3 really bad hitters on it while here).

    In any event, I just don't get the excitement over whether Homer will be allowed to hit, or if Valdez is going to PH for him

    The only downside I see to the DH is that now the NL clubs will be forced to spend some money on another position player. For example, this year if the Reds expected to contend in a DH league, they'd probably have to spend some money on another hitter for the bench ... Heck, maybe Rolen would've been resigned to create a rotation or something, but it's still an additional expense which drains the Reds' limited budget.
    Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!

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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    The only downside I see to the DH is that now the NL clubs will be forced to spend some money on another position player. For example, this year if the Reds expected to contend in a DH league, they'd probably have to spend some money on another hitter for the bench ... Heck, maybe Rolen would've been resigned to create a rotation or something, but it's still an additional expense which drains the Reds' limited budget.
    If the N.L. adds the Designated Hitter it will save the Reds money. They'll just make Baker a player-manager. He said he can still hit and you know he is itching to get back out there.
    A summer watching a bad Reds' team, is still a pretty good summer.

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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by REDREAD View Post
    Yes, I agree. How often was it a "cliffhanger" on whether the NL pitcher got pinch hit for or not? Not very often.
    Although it's kind of funny, Dusty tends to surprise me more than anyone by letting his pitcher hit when I wouldn't expect him to. Not a criticism, just an observation (maybe it was because he has historically had a bench with 1-3 really bad hitters on it while here).

    In any event, I just don't get the excitement over whether Homer will be allowed to hit, or if Valdez is going to PH for him
    I don't get the position of some posters that the only tactical difference between DH-ball and baseball occurs during a pitcher's turn to bat.

    Because the pitcher is such a weak hitter, apart from scoring runs the offensive team is trying to turn over the lineup and avoid having the pitcher lead off the next inning. On the other side of the coin, the defensive team would love to have the pitcher's spot leading off the next inning, but obviously not at the expense of giving up runs.

    I like thinking about the decisions as they are being made while the bottom half of the order is batting and how the might impact that secondary goal. Add the unknown of whether the manager might remove his pitcher in order to improve his odds of scoring and you have enough variables to keep the most analytic person busy.

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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Blow outs by league over the last decade:

    Code:
              Margin > 4 runs			
    Season	 AL		 NL
    2012	881		986
    2011	881		885
    2010	909		1010
    2009	950		1032
    2008	978		1056
    2007	974		1125
    2006	1006		1079
    2005	964		1009
    2004	1015		1027
    2003	1037		1087
    total	9595		10296
    ave/yr	960		1030
    There isn't a single season in that span where large deficits were more common in the AL vs the NL suggesting that on average AL games are more competitive than NL games.
    Maybe there's a stat for that, but this one isn't it. Around 40% of all games would be non-competitive by this measure. And of course there are more NL games than AL games (2 extra teams).
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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by oneupper View Post
    Maybe there's a stat for that, but this one isn't it. Around 40% of all games would be non-competitive by this measure. And of course there are more NL games than AL games (2 extra teams).
    Then what would be a better indicator of a large deficit?
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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by jojo View Post
    Then what would be a better indicator of a large deficit?
    Percentage of games, instead of number of games would be better.
    What if this is as good as it gets?

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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain13 View Post
    Percentage of games, instead of number of games would be better.
    He doesn't even like >4 runs defined as a large deficit.
    "This isnít stats vs scouts - this is stats and scouts working together, building an organization that blends the best of both worlds. This is the blueprint for how a baseball organization should be run. And, whether the baseball men of the 20th century like it or not, this is where baseball is going."---Dave Cameron, U.S.S. Mariner

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    Re: The Reds & and the new DH debate

    Quote Originally Posted by scott91575 View Post
    Like I have stated, if teams are doing it they are basing it on a fallacy. It's a perceived advantage that simply does not exist. This is all about big vs. small market. Call me when the Cards lose a guy to the Twins because the contract offer was a year or two short. Not when the Tigers, Angels, and Red Sox are getting guys from the Brewers, Cards, and Padres (yes, I know when he became a free agent he was with the Red Sox but the reason he was originally there was because SD could not sign him). That is all about revenue disparity, not this supposed difference in AL vs. NL.
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    Another thing to consider.. In the old days, teams only carried 10 pitchers, so they had the luxury of a deep bench. It was plausible to carry a DH only guy, or a pinch hitter specialist, or even a pinch runner specialist.

    Now, it seems like most (if not all) teams want to carry 12 pitchers. There's simply no room to have a DH only guy if you only have 13 position players.. 8 starters, backup middle inflielder, back up CF, backup catcher, second backup OF, second backup infielder... plus, ideally at least 2 of those backups are competent pinch hitters (even in the AL).

    Other than a few rare cases (Ortiz, Haffner when he was healthy, Adam Dunn), a DH only guy on an American league team is a mistake, not something the teams planned on doing. It puts the team in an awkward position.. they can only carry 11 pitchers or they have to have a guy that can backup both infield and outfield.
    Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2010-2014!

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