We began this debate in the last post, citing three quotes from those who are pro DH. Below, I’ll continue to refute their points.
4 – “Both leagues need to play by the same rules.”
Here’s something we can agree on. The current situation isn’t palatable for any of us. Especially when each league features an odd number of teams.
I’ll bet the pushers for inter-league play never saw this mess coming. The AL owners painted themselves into a greedy corner in January, 1973. At this point, MLB is stuck.
MLBPA will never relinquish the DH, (at least not without savvy bargaining agreement negotiation). That leaves MLB with the abomination we have now.
Would the MLBPA consider a 26th or even 27th active roster spot to get back to pure nine-player baseball across both leagues? That’s up to 60 more major league jobs (members).
Those additional roster spots could also alleviate any current pitching issues, such as one-inning or even one-batter relief staff. (See? I’m flexible with my traditional baseball values. Just not where the integrity of the game itself is at stake.)
5 -“The DH has been in effect for more than 40 years. It’s time.”
It’s time, all right. It’s time to stop the madness.
I could counter and say the pure game has been in effect for 150 years. I’ll take that nine-player baseball any day.
6 – “It doesn’t take a genius to double-switch.”
No one is saying you need to be sophisticated to manage or even to follow a manager’s moves. We’re just saying that a team needs to accept the penalty for substituting any player.
Guess what? That’s called “baseball”!
7 – “Look at the specialization in football.”
Football has become a product of television. Although I no longer watch it on any level, that has nothing to do with this debate.
Free substitution exists everywhere except in National League baseball (and select minor league games). Because of this, maybe … just maybe, the NL really offers something more for a sports fan. Something that no other game can offer.
We’ll pick up there in the next post.