Re: DH..What do you think?
posted at 6/28/2011 5:20 AM EDT
In Response to Re: DH..What do you think?
In Response to Re: DH..What do you think? : You can't bring Papi into this because I said the rules should be changed after he retires. I'm not ready to say goodbye to Papi. :) No one's talking about legit baseball players. The rules are what the rules are now. My preference, in the future, would be everyone plays the field, and everyone bats. That's about as simple as I can put it. It's baseball, and everyone on the team should play baseball.
Posted by kimsaysthis
You said: "If you can't play baseball, except to slam HRs, then, IMO, you shouldn't be playing baseball".
Doesn't this mean that such players are not "legit
This comes down to interpretation, Kim
. The DH is a part of baseball and has been for 37-38 years! The game has evolved. Some prefer it as it once was, but that's relative to the game they grew up with.
Remember, the game used
to be played with inferior gloves - and ground-rule doubles of today were called home-runs in Babe Ruth's era.
Those who DH can
play the field. Many aren't all that great in the field, but they played at least one position before becoming a DH. That means they are complete ballplayers
who are assigned to DH by their manager.
Vlad is now a DH. But if he had his choice, he'd rather play on the field. Most would. That's how they grew with the game. And he hits more than HRs. In fact, he's a very possible HOFer.
If it's the rule itself you don't care for, then it either comes down to playing N.L. style ball, or the rules change and the DH becomes a 4th outfielder, which could be dangerous for everybody. IMO, after seeing the DH for so long, I'd hate to see the A.L. revert back to small ball. It'd be like watching the RedSox right now, without Papi or someone just as potent.
162 games of that. Boooooooooooring.