Speaking with WFAN co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, the commish explained that having the DH in the American League — but not in the National — is in fact healthy for the game.
“Not having National League pitchers hit would deprive us of the entertainment that Bartolo Colon has given us this year,” Manfred said.
The debate over whether the DH should be implemented in all of baseball has come around again, this writer thinks it’s time for a change.
There is no doubt that the National League (read: Dodgers) took the lead in 1947 in breaking the color barrier. However, it took more than two years for a second NL club to integrate.
With several rule changes under consideration in MLB, two interesting prospects include expanding replay reviews in the game, and allowing the NL to exercise a DH option. If one were forced to choose either of these options, which would be best?
To baseball purists, the designated hitter is an abomination of the game of baseball. For better or worse though, the DH has allowed sluggers (who may be aging or not-so-good at fielding) to play a pivotal part in the game since 1973.