Also, watching the pitcher "bat" is pathetic.
It's more likely that the NL would be forced to adopt the DH. I hope that doesn't happen - I like the difference between the two leagues.
Except when it costs Gar a place in the HOF anyway.
PS - they need to change interleague play, so that the home team has to play by the other league's rules. That means pitchers hit in AL ballparks and DHs hit in NL ballparks. Having it the other way around is silly - why have interleague play if you're not watching the other league's playing style in the park?
Using the other leagues hitting style in a home park will never work. AL fans love the DH and NL fans hate it. Personally...I dont care. With the exception of a few, I know that when a pitcher is due to bat, I can go make a sandwich. Seen one sacrifice bunt or a strikeout...seen them all.
On the other hand, I'm a purist and a part of me would like to see the game played the way it was meant to be.
If we're going to take the pitcher out of the lineup because he "can't hit" then why stop there? We should have a DH for the shortstop because most shortstops can't hit and we should have a DH for the catcher because most catchers can't hit. Last season, the AL position with the worst OPS was left fielders so perhaps we should have a DH for left fielders too. The players union would love this idea.
And think how much baseball would be better with catchers and shortstops who are enjoyed for their defensive skills without the pressure of having to hit as well. Yes, I think this is the future of baseball. We need more DHs in the lineup.
I miss the old Mile High Stadium.
I think they should play the game bare-handed, too - these new-fangled "gloves" are ridiculous. In 1865 we didn't use no stupid leather on the hand, we played the game the way it was meant to be played.
They used to play two-way football, but decided to specialize. There's a reason they use pre-merger and post-merger stats when defining players - the game of football has changed A LOT over the years.
In 2080 maybe there will be 30-man teams with a set of fielders for "Defense," sluggers for offense, and only the best of both being allowed to play both ways.
In the meantime, I'm perfectly satisfied by having a DH and letting pitchers worry about pitching. But I came to baseball as an adult, in the AL, so what NL afficianados call "strategy" I call "20 minutes to do housework while I wait to see who's actually gonna pitch the 7th inning."
It's just not how I like to watch baseball. Different strokes and all that.
Couldnt have said it better. Bring back the wool uniforms, the crap quality baseballs and fields with no walls or fences, too.
If we have to refer to a pitcher being a great hitter and go back almost 80 years...my point is made. I guess my biggest issue isnt necessarily pitchers not being able to hit, but simply not caring enough to hit. Sure, there are always Zambrano's, but pitchers that are capable of hitting and actually care about it are rare. If you look at the top hitting pitchers of all time...almost all of them were bad to mediocre pitchers.
They just dont care and therefore, I'm okay if they dont hit
Its the 7th, you've got 2 on, your team is up by 1, and your pitcher who has only thrown 90 pitches so far, and still has another good inning or two in him is coming up to bat. Do you pinch hit and rely on your bullpen, or do you let him hit and be confident that he's not going to lose the game on defense.
This never happens in the AL.
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True, but in the AL you don't get automatic bailouts to end innings by getting to pitch to another pitcher. All the ABs count, so the game's harder on the pitcher. AL starters are always in for as long as they can keep their pitches working, which happens less often in the NL thanks to the needed pinch-hitter. We get drama out of when to pull a tiring pitcher in the way that you get it out of when to hit for him.
When we do have those "horrible offense" questions with a fielder instead of a pitcher in the 7th we may go to the bench, which causes a pitcher switch, which creates the same double-switch potential that NL fans find so captivating.
Decisions are still there. When to pull the pitcher. Which reliever to use. Whether to pinch-hit if a bad split is coming up for the batter.
They just don't revolve around pulling the starting pitcher to avoid his plate appearance. I would think that if you grew up with that late-game question of when to pull the pitcher because his AB is coming up, it's probably disconcerting. It's 162 games x however many years of habit to worry about that.
We worry about different things in the AL, normally revolving around how deep the opposing lineup is and how best to stem the tide.
NL = worrying about the worst offensive performers
AL = worrying about the best offensive performers
I guess I like my kind of worrying better. NL vs. AL arguments feel to me like someone is trying to tell me that a field-position game between conservative offenses that is the ultimate form of football.
It's ONE form, and depending on how spectacular the play is that kind of game can be absolutely riveting.
But I don't think it's "playing the game the only way it was intended to be played" by any stretch. Which is why I wouldn't advocate the DH for the NL. Most sports leagues are homogonized. I like the differences, because they allow for different styles of play to be advocated and enjoyed by baseball fans.
It just hurts one of my favorite players in this instance because half of baseball sneers at the position he excelled at.
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