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Both leagues adapt the DH 9 20.93%
Both leagues eliminate the DH 25 58.14%
Keep things the way they are. 9 20.93%
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:20 PM   #21
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DH in both leagues. Unless you can find me a bunch of Babe Ruth types. Most fans come to the park to see offense. I can remember being at a game in which Dave Stieb took a no-hitter into the ninth inning and having the feeling that it was lost on most of the fans there who would rather have been watching a 9-7 game!
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Old 05-12-2015, 12:22 PM   #22
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This is what I was thinking.... do not compare it to football... it is more like basketball where all players play both offense and defense... this leaves holes that the other team can exploit... there is a player on the Rockets that team foul on purpose even before they can get down to the offensive side... because he throws up bricks...
They play defense in the NBA? Now you've got me thinking that this DH thing could get carried to it's natural conclusion...
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:05 PM   #23
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Managers barely have to manage in the AL.

I am generally not a purist but I think having pitchers hit adds a lot of strategy to the game. My guy is throwing great in the 7th but I am down a run and he is coming up to bat with a runner is scoring potion. This and other situations is what baseball is about too me.
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Old 05-12-2015, 01:14 PM   #24
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Another AL watcher here but I'd support the elimination of the DH. I think it would make the game purer and IMHO add more credence to the stats of the players wanting to get into the HOF.
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Why have any of the defensive positions bat ?! Have 18 players on each team, nine fielders and nine batters. It is silly to have DHs.
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This is what I was thinking.... do not compare it to football... it is more like basketball where all players play both offense and defense... this leaves holes that the other team can exploit... there is a player on the Rockets that team foul on purpose even before they can get down to the offensive side... because he throws up bricks...

Having the pitcher bat means that the team has to think about having some better long relievers which takes up a spot or two on the team... they also have to think about when to sub out the pitcher if there is a rally going on... and heck, some pitchers are actually OK hitters...
This. They're either baseball players or they are pitchers/fielders vs. batters. I can actually see this happening in the future, to try to improve attendance/viewing numbers.

Plus, I always loved watching Fernando Valenzuela or Orel Hershiser win their own game with their bat. It was like adding insult to injury. Of course these days pitchers don't pitch complete games anyway, so it wouldn't happen very often.
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Old 05-12-2015, 02:21 PM   #26
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That happened when? 1975? It was about then, The Indians sucked (I hated it when they won a game, because I knew that tomorrow they would lose (couldn't win 2 in a row in those days). A 95 loss season was a victory (it wasn't 100). But I listened to Herb Score call the games every night.

I remember the time a pop up to short center field resulted in an inside the park home run and 3 players ending up on the DL. The centerfielder, 2B, SS, LF and RF all converged on the high pop fly. Apparently they all called it (I have it. . . No you have it) and then collided. The ball landed a few feet from the pile of bodies. The first one to the ball was a trainer who came from the dugout to help the concussed and bleeding players. If it weren't for the injuries, it would have been funny.

Those were dark days for Indians fans (and yes, Alvin Dark was the manager!)
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I remember as a kid when I first began following baseball in 1972, the last time the AL did not have a DH. Here in NY, when we had lots of Yankees and Mets games on free TV, I would get to see just how different the games were the following year when the AL adopted the DH. It always annoyed me to see NL teams get out of jams because a pitcher would flail weakly at 3 pitches and strike out most of the time. Similarly, it annoyed me to see pitchers pitching good games (like Seaver) have to get pulled because their teams couldn't hit. The DH ended both of these things and let an AL pitcher pitching a good game stay in the game as long as he wasn't out of gas.

Then there was the World Series which, back in the 1970s and 1980s, would force the AL's pitchers to hit or force the NL's team to use a DH and weaken its bench. Neither seemed very fair.

Add the DH to the NL to clean up that problem, too.
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Add the DH to the NL to clean up that problem, too.
No thanks, the AL can keep it.
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I have no choice. Grew up in St. Louis. Lived there (save for undergrad) until my mid-40s..... What is this blasphemous encrustation upon the one-true game of which you speak?

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Run this same poll on a forum where the avg age is not over 50 and there will be a completely different result. This forum is as old school as it gets. Not saying that's a bad thing...but....
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Yes I am impressed by the number of purists here. Always been an AL fan though so I'm still sticking with the DH.
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