Sunday, June 13, 2004

Let's fix Baseball:

The designated hitter (DH) rule is the bane and pride of baseball. In the American league, which uses it, the game is too simple, deprived of all the strategy required (in the National league) to deal with pitchers' at bats. But the DH rule has extended the careers of many stars with great fan recognition, and that's good. Here's how to have the best of both:

The DH should not be allowed to bat for the pitcher, but rather for a fielder. That means there would still be all that pitching strategy in DH games.

Even better, every team has a player in the minors whose fielding is spectacular, crowd-pleasing, but can't hit a lick. Pairing these great fielders with designated hitters will make the defensive game more exciting. What a great idea, if I do say so myself.

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