As Clemens fan turned Clemens fan, Mark Twainwright once said…“I hope the DH will long survive me and remain always prosperous.”
It is ridiculous!
In today’s free agency market, players come and go like the wind. There is no loyalty anymore. The days of players staying with one team (Cal Ripken Jr., Tony Gywnn, Robin Yount, George Brett, Derek Jeter, and Chipper Jones) are gone. We witnessed that first hand with the defection of Albert Pujols last offseason.
I know I said I am against change, but at the same time, I am for the safety of players. When a starting pitcher like AJ Burnett spends six years in the American League, he very rarely bats. Then he switches leagues because he is traded to the Pirates and suddenly he has to bat. Having not batted regularly in the American League, Burnett needed to get acclimated to it again during spring training. That is when he was injured. Burnett attempted to bunt the ball and it hit him in the face during batting practice. Burnett suffered an orbital fracture and did not start the season with the Pirates.
If Burnett had more time at the plate, that accident might not have happened and the Pirates might have had their starting pitcher with them to open the season.
...Yes pitchers are athletes, but they play in a league where they don’t have to bat. If you don’t do something long enough, the skills start to erode.
As much as everyone wants to do away with the DH and just have pitchers hit again, it will never happen. The Major League Baseball Players Association is too strong. There is no way the union would allow baseball to eliminate 15 jobs. I am sure they would however, be willing to make some kind of concession to add an additional 15 jobs.
Posted: October 31, 2012 at 01:35 PM | 37 comment(s)
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