Bernie Miklasz seems to think so in his latest column.
The “tradition” argument is weak.
Why? The DH is now part of that tradition.
The DH is used in the minor leagues, the colleges, high schools, and right on down the line.
The NL is the oddball here.
Like it or not, the National League will adopt the DH rule. The day is coming; most baseball people think we’ll see the DH implemented within 10 years.
Miklasz makes a lot of well-thought-out points throughout the article, showing the imbalance caused by having separate rules for each league.
I have to say, though, from a personal perspective — I enjoy watching pitchers hit. Remember last year when Matt Cain and Cole Hamels homered off each other in the same inning? Never would’ve happened if the DH rule was in the National League.
By the way, if you’re looking for a counterpoint to Miklasz’s pro-DH article, Michael Baumann made a most compelling case.
This is happening, people.
Earlier we heard Joe Maddon being non-committal about Kyle Schwarber joining the Cubs for the World Series. Now it seems pretty clear that the Cubs are committal indeed: Jon Morosi reports that Schwarber is en route to Cleveland from Arizona on a private jet and that he’s expected to DH in Game 1 tomorrow night.
Schwarber hasn’t played in a game that counted since April 7. His potent bat is could be a windfall for a Cubs team that didn’t have a game-changing option at DH in the American League park.
Schwarber lost the whole season due to a knee injury, but he hit .246/.355/.487 with 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games as a rookie in 2015. His big coming out party was in the playoffs, however, when he hit three homers in five postseason games while going 7-for-13 with two walks in five games.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Indians First Baseman/DH Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians’ workout today.
Sure, why not? Santana has played one game in the outfield in his major league career and that was over four years ago, but the Indians will have to play in Chicago without the DH, meaning either losing Santana’s bat or that of Mike Napoli.
It would be up to Terry Francona to decide if that happens, but ultimately I don’t think he’ll make it real and, rather, will just forget about it, because Santana’s defense out there would in no way be smooth.
I’m sorry. I’m sick today and I’m on a lot of cold medicine.