Major League Baseball implemented a universal designated hitter for the shortened 60-game season and it could be coming back in 2021.
While the American League and its players have benefited from the designated hitter since 1973, the National League and baseball purists pushed against it for decades. However, the universal DH was introduced this season as part of the agreement between MLB and the MLBPA.
With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire after 2021 and both sides already discussing plans for next season, the designated hitter could be staying.
Before the designated hitter can return to the National League for the 2021 season, the MLB and MLBPA must agree to it. Given the benefits it offers to the players, owners are reportedly using it as a bargaining chip in negotiations.