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Opinions on the DH rule in MLB

Discussion in 'Sports Talk' started by KMRblue1027, Sep 11, 2011.

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Do you like the DH

  1. Yes

    10.5%
  2. No

    68.4%
  3. I wish Downtown would DH for all teams

    21.1%
  1. KMRblue1027

    KMRblue1027 The Crown!

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    Just a simple question do you like the Designated Hitter rule in the MLB. (Or any other Baseball level like collage)

    Personally I absolutely despise the DH. I fell it kills the strategy of late inning play and prevents athletic pitchers from showing their skill as both a batter and pitcher. Other people may disagree with me so I'm looking for others positions on this.
     
  2. downtown

    downtown Crafternoon Delight

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    I don't care too much if we have it or not...I think even the most athletic pitchers are going to struggle to hit .240, so its basically giving people a free out, but if we say that's tradition, then fine by me.

    I just hate having different rules for the different leagues. Either we all have a DH (which seems reasonable to me, since HS and college ball have them) or nobody does.
     
  3. El Justo

    El Justo Deity

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    don't like it for a variety of obvious reasons but it is entrenched and the players' union would never ever give it up. matter of fact, if i were a betting man, i'd say that there may be a push in the future for the DH in the national league. oh, the horrors :eek:
     
  4. mrt144

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    I doubt it. If there is ever a game that opposes any kind of change it is baseball.
     
  5. Rashiminos

    Rashiminos Fool Prophet

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    The NFL argument: It makes no sense for pitchers to bat when they are already subjected to plenty of injury risks via using their arm and being in front of the plate when the ball is hit.:p
     
  6. El Justo

    El Justo Deity

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  7. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

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    Once they start allowing relays, soon they will have strikes an balls called not from the field also. :p
     
  8. Darkness

    Darkness Shadow creature

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    Pitchers are baseball players. Baseball players hit. Simple really...
     
  9. pacesplace

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    I love NL baseball most by far, but I can understand the arguments made for the DH. Injuries is not so much of a problem, but at bats with significantly reduced chances of success do stick out. It is weird having one league use the DH and one not, but at the moment it seems to be the best setup. In the last ten years, the National League has one the World Series five times (Diamondbacks, Marlins, Cardinals, Phillies, Giants) and the American League five times (Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Red Sox again, Yankees), as well.
     
  10. dgfred

    dgfred Sports Freak

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    Pitchers hitting is a waste of time for the most part IMO :scan: .
     
  11. mrt144

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    That was more of an issue of absurd injustice. DH is not even the same ballpark as that.
     
  12. Lambert Simnel

    Lambert Simnel One across

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    Having the DH removes some of the strategy - when to pinch hit for the pitcher; pitching around the number 8 batter; doing a double swap for both the pitcher and the guy who has just got out so the new pitcher is as far from having to bat as possible etc. I like decisions, and I particularly like second guessing manager's decisions. Having the pitcher bat forces more decisions, so it gets a hearty :goodjob: from me
     
  13. Owen Glyndwr

    Owen Glyndwr La Femme Moderne

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    This. Cerebral baseball is best baseball.
     
  14. KMRblue1027

    KMRblue1027 The Crown!

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    Not when your manger is Charlie Manuel :mischief:

    Although a I do agree with you as I stated in the OP.
     
  15. El Justo

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  16. KMRblue1027

    KMRblue1027 The Crown!

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    I'm not too shocked. In general you find that older fans tend to swing on the side of anti-DH and most people here on the sports forum are older.
    I'm an oddity in the fact that I'm 17, despise the DH, appreciate the strategy aspect of baseball, and don't mind low scoring games. In fact pitchers duels are some of the most intense and exciting games to me.
     
  17. Owen Glyndwr

    Owen Glyndwr La Femme Moderne

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    That's not odd, that's just being a real, non-bandwagoning baseball fan.
     
  18. El Justo

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    philly bandwagon is swollen too :p

    more i think about it, a large chunk of the thread goers here are NL guys. so it makes sense. dg voiced his opposition :D this one surprised me...being old-school and all :)
     
  19. classical_hero

    classical_hero In whom I trust

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    I am personally not objected to it, I just am in the don't care section. IF people want it, then fine, if people don't want it then fine. I am more passionate about replays than this rule.
     
  20. dgfred

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    I just think it is what is used in College and the minor leagues... so.

    Also most pitchers look so foolish up there... and it is a waste of time IMO.

    I'm sure alot of them really like to go up there too... like C.Lee :cool: .
     

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