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Old 07-01-2018, 12:28 PM
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Default Madison Bumgarner Says No to the DH Rule

What say you? I didn't like the rule at first way back in 1973 but I have to admit it has grown on me. I think it's time the NL adopts the DH. My tipping point in the decision was a couple of years ago when Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals got injured running the bases. To lose the Ace of your staff and diminishing the chances of your team reaching the postseason is one major factor in my humble opinion. I want to see pitchers pitch, not bat.



http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...629-story.html


PS. Of course to counter this argument is there anything more surprising or thrilling for the team when the Pitcher does something like this??


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Old 07-01-2018, 01:16 PM
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The status quo definitely needs to change; it’s silly to have half the regulation games in a major league sport played under a different set of rules. Since the MLBPA won’t willingly give up the DH, the NL simply will have to adopt it.
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Old 07-01-2018, 01:40 PM
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I grew up an AL fan in Chicago and have been closely following an NL team here in Washington. As fun as it is to see a pitcher get a hit, the game is higher quality when professional hitters are doing the hitting. Nothing sucks more than a 2 out rally that ends prematurely because the pitcher steps to the plate. That happens a lot more than Bartolo Colon going deep.
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Old 07-01-2018, 05:38 PM
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The status quo definitely needs to change; it’s silly to have half the regulation games in a major league sport played under a different set of rules. Since the MLBPA won’t willingly give up the DH, the NL simply will have to adopt it.
Disagree. I like the difference between nl and al
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Old 07-01-2018, 06:01 PM
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I agree with MadBum about keeping the NL DH free but believe Mohoney's statement will come to pass.


The NL missed voting in the DH by a vote (and a fishing trip) in what, 1980?
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Old 07-01-2018, 08:45 PM
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The NL is the only league at any level without a DH. Even Japan has it.

Get with the program.
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:04 PM
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I love the DH.

Advocates for the NL game usually say that there’s more strategy and it’s more compelling...I just find that it leads to a lot of intentional walks to the 8 spot and automatic rally-killing outs when it’s too early in the game to pull your pitcher.

I like knowing that every hitter is a threat to hit, and while people argue that it could lead to “specialization” like football has, well, second basemen don’t have to learn how to throw curveballs or 95mph fastballs.

I don’t mind it being different between the leagues at all, though—it’s actually kind of cool how they’re different. But I prefer the AL game
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:24 PM
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I could care less either way. My thought is that the added game time stemming from extra offense will stop this from happening in the near future; Manfred seems to be obsessed with that as a major issue.
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Old 07-02-2018, 12:00 AM
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I think the batters ought to be the same nine in the field, but obviously in the minority there
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Disagree. I like the difference between nl and al
That made sense when they were actually separate leagues. With interleague games every day, teams changing leagues, talk of more realignment by geography, it makes no sense at all. Would you like it if the AFC and NFC played by different rules, and the home team determining which set of rules you play under?
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Old 07-02-2018, 03:46 AM
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That made sense when they were actually separate leagues. With interleague games every day, teams changing leagues, talk of more realignment by geography, it makes no sense at all. Would you like it if the AFC and NFC played by different rules, and the home team determining which set of rules you play under?
This is kind of how I feel. Before the Astros joined the AL, I liked the fact you'd see AL pitchers try to hit during interleague and when they'd get a hit, that was a lot of fun. But if you're going to have interleague every day, then it doesn't make sense to have two sets of rules for the two leagues.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:19 AM
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Adopt the DH in the NL. As a concession for those who like the strategy of the double-switch, make the DH a “position” like any other, thus allowing a player already in the game to switch to the DH, or from the DH to the field, without losing the DH spot within that game.
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Old 07-02-2018, 06:45 AM
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Adopt the DH in the NL. As a concession for those who like the strategy of the double-switch, make the DH a “position” like any other, thus allowing a player already in the game to switch to the DH, or from the DH to the field, without losing the DH spot within that game.
Regardless of which viewpoint you hold (I favor pitchers hitting), I never understood why the DH could not be a position like any other on the field. That it isn’t is an artificial construct.
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Old 07-02-2018, 09:22 AM
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That made sense when they were actually separate leagues. With interleague games every day, teams changing leagues, talk of more realignment by geography, it makes no sense at all. Would you like it if the AFC and NFC played by different rules, and the home team determining which set of rules you play under?
This is a very valid point. With interleague play happening daily they need to pick a rule and stick with it. I prefer the DH, but make up your mind and go forward.
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Old 07-02-2018, 10:16 AM
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I don't want to watch someone who devotes their career to pitching try to bat, just in the same way I don't want to see someone who devotes their career to hitting and fielding try to pitch....unless it's at the end of a blowout.



They have the DH in highschool, they have it in college but they don't have it in the NL.
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