The 2021 MLB regular season is now three weeks old and all the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day and home openers and all that has come and gone. The daily grind that is the 162-game season is setting in and folks, let me tell you, I couldn't be happier.
Throughout the season my fellow CBS Sports MLB scribes and I will bring you a weekly roundtable breaking down, well, pretty much anything. The latest news, a historical question, thoughts about the future of baseball, all sorts of stuff. Last week we debated two teams off to hot starts. This week we're going to discuss a the "double hook" rule experiment in the Atlantic League, which ties a team's ability to use a designated hitter to its starting pitcher.
Is the 'double hook' rule a good idea?
Matt Snyder: It's too much of a gimmick, to me, and I don't think it would actually work as intended. That is to say, it seems like the intent would be to incentivize teams to leave starting pitchers in the game longer. Instead, I think teams would operate more similar to how they do in NL games now, by playing the best hitters in the field somewhere and just throwing a backup in the DH spot in the nine-hole. When the pitcher is done, he's done and they just lose their worst hitter. Think about it, you can't risk prime J.D. Martinez not getting an at-bat if your starting pitcher suffers an injury in the first inning. And there's an injury exception, OK, the starter just has an uncharacteristically terrible outing, like Lucas Giolito did Monday morning in Fenway. Teams would safeguard against this, especially in big games. As such, this is dumb. Just rip the bandage off. Universal DH.