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The DH Rule


I prefer the American League brand of baseball. Maybe it is because I grew up an Orioles fan and it is just what I am used to watching. I just think with a starting rotation like the Nats have they would be better served pitching with American League rules. Many times the Nats starters could be left in the game an inning or two longer but, are not because of the need to pinch hit.

Many times a starting pitcher who is on the ropes in the NL can get out of the inning with less damage because of there being no DH. Rallies can be shortened because a NL 8th spot hitter often doesn't make the lineup on some AL lineups and besides a select 10-15 or so starting pitchers, pitchers are automatic outs.

It just never made sense to me to have separate rules in the two leagues especially with the amount of interleague games now today. The NBA doesn't have different rules for the Eastern or Western Conference. The NFL doesn't have different rules for the NFC or AFC.

I would prefer if Bud Selig just made the DH in both leagues. He should too because the offensive numbers overall in baseball would go up. Which would mean more TV ratings and attendance. It more than likely will never go back to not having a DH. Players Unions in sports and in Baseball are too powerful to let that happen. Getting rid of the DH means getting rid of jobs. Some would say by putting the DH in the NL would mean getting rid of pinch hitters. Not really the preparation that it takes to pinch hit isn't that different than to DH. A DH much like pinch hitter has to keep prepared by taking swings in the cage or whatever it takes to stay in the game mentally. The DH just gets more at bats to do this than a pinch hitter.

How does everyone here feel about the DH rule?

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