You may love it, you may hate it, but no doubt about it, it’s coming soon to a city near you once Major League Baseball is back.
Fans in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and all the other National League cities will have no choice but to adapt. They will have to adjust their scorecards. Re-think their baseball strategy. Learn to second-guess their managers differently. And, yes, even have an open mind.
The designated hitter rule is coming to the National League for the first time this year.
It will vanish again in 2021 in the NL, with the division and league schedules reverting back to their traditional ways, but beginning in 2022, under a new collective bargaining agreement, the universal DH will be here to stay.
The players, knowing it will prolong careers and inflate checking accounts, are advocating for it. Most general managers, fearful of their prized pitchers getting hurt at the plate or on the basepaths, are in favor. Many fans, wanting as much offense as possible, are craving it.