DH, Welcome to the National League

Sunday, March 20, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Sunday’s game ended in a tie against the Chicago Cubs. At this stage of spring training, pitchers are ahead of hitters.

With the new CBA, Major League Baseball has adopted the universal DH. Many longtime National League fans are angry about the new rule because they are afraid it will lessen the strategy of the game and love watching pitchers hit.

Before the abbreviated 2020 season, I felt the same way, but now, I like the universal DH. During my forty-five years of being a Dodger fan, I have thrilled at watching pitchers succeed as hitters. Both Fernando Valenzuela and Orel Hershiser were good hitters. In the past, teams put a great importance on sacrificing the runner into scoring position. I will never forget on Opening Day of 2013 when Clayton Kershaw shut out the San Francisco Giants and blasted the game-winning home run. I loved watching Hyun-Jin Ryu homer in the last home game of the 2019 regular season.

However, after the abbreviated 2020 season where Major League Baseball utilized the universal DH, no pitcher could hit. According to modern analytics, sacrificing a runner into scoring position does not improve the probability of scoring. Watching the pitcher strikeout is boring!

The Dodgers do not have a traditional DH. They plan to use several players as their DH. Being the DH enables a player to rest a little without sitting on the bench. Manager Dave Roberts frequently pinch-hit for his DH during the 2020 season to create a better matchup. Having the DH prevents the managers from using their pitchers too long, and it will help to prevent injuries. Anything that might prevent injuries is a good thing. Unlike in the past, pitchers usually do not hit anywhere but in the National League, so they can’t develop their offensive skills.

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