Does that mean the league will take a new vote on the DH?
This week the MLB owner’s had one of their quarterly meetings in New York. What a perfect time to have a new discussion on the subject. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it was even brought up.
What if baseball decided to drop the DH but add a 26th player to the roster?
A few years ago I wrote to Bill James and gave him a few reasons to drop the DH….
- The rules state nine men on a side.
- Managers should have to decide to pinch hit or let the pitcher bat.
- Double switches are good for the game.
- Pitchers would less likely throw at someone, if they had to face the same music themselves batting the next inning.
- The media would get to critique more “manager’s decisions,” because there would be more decisions managers would have to make.
- The game would move quicker, because there would be more pitching changes at the beginning of innings, because pitchers would be pinch hit for.
Mr. James responded:
“Well, if that’s your argument, shouldn’t you be arguing that the National League should adopt the DH rule? People present this as if the American League was the outlier, that nobody used the rule except the American League. The reality is that virtually every baseball league in the world, except the National League, has long since adopted the DH rule. Every, or virtually every college league, amateur league at a high level, the Japanese, the Australians. . . they have all long since adopted the DH rule. The entire baseball world uses the DH rule, except the National League. If you really think it is important to standardize this. . . which it isn’t, but that’s your argument. . . the obvious way to do it is to tell the National League to pull their head out of the 19th century.”
It sounds like Bill’s vote would be for the NL to adopt the DH.
How would you vote?
A. AL drops the DH
B. NL adopts the DH
C. Keep it like it has been since 1973