Re: DH..What do you think?
posted at 6/26/2011 1:48 PM EDT
I agree with max and JB.
The DH will never leave the AL because the union won't allow it. It's more likely to be adopted by the NL, the only league at any level that doesn't have a DH.
And I'm perfectly fine with it the way it is. I think it's unique that baseball has the two different leagues that offer something different.
Personally, I'm in favor of the DH. While some pitchers can hit, let's be real -- it's a joke watching most pitchers try to hit. Talking about making a mockery of the game. People rip DH's for being half players, but most, if not all DH's, are probably better fielders than pitchers are at hitting. Ortiz certainly is a better 1B than any pitcher is a hitter.
As for strategy -- this has got to be one of the most overblown, overstated concepts ever put forth, if not THE most overblown and overstated. Folks, the double-switch isn't rocket science. And with bench coaches being in charge of following things like this, it's not like the manager has all this figuring to do by himself in the heat of the moment. Going into the season, managers usually know the scenarios for when they're going to make a double switch and for whom.
Back in the day when pitchers threw a lot of of complete games, it might have been a bit harder for managers in the NL on whether or not to pull a pitcher in a close game. But now, in the age of pitch counts, it's rarely a hard decision. By the time it's the seventh inning and a decision has to be made in a close game, the starter is probably near his pitch limit and he's going to be replaced anway.
And as for the bunt. I'm continually amazed at how many fans love the bunt. (I'm especially amazed when fans rip a manager when it's a close game and there is a runner on 1B with the 3-4-5 hitters up and they want one of them to bunt). There's a guy on 1B. I want to see the next batter single or double in the gap and move the runner to third, not see the next guy bunt him to second and give up an out. Yes, there's a chance for a DP, but it giving up outs remain a low percentage. There is a time for bunts but not as often as some here cry about.
As for the pitcher bunting -- that is some grand strategy? Runner on first base, less than two outs ... gee, I wonder what the pitcher is going to do. Oh wow, he bunted, who would have thunk it?