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ERoyal248
06-26-2010, 06:12 PM
I dont know why they havent gone all out yet and become a total joke. How bout a designated runner, or a designated fielder. I mean, its ridiculous that David Ortiz gets a hit and has to run the bases. If there was a DH we wouldnt have to see him lumbering around the bases and could still keep him in the game..

The NL is superior because of the game of strategy involved. If you have a manager who has no sense of strategy like some AL managers, then youre not going to win. In the NL you have many decisions, whether or not to double switch, whether to hit for your pitcher with a scoring threat when he has 90 pitches.. Or let him bat and possibly bunt to move runners up, but you never see that in the AL because the managers are basically useless.

It should be DH in the AL and NL or no DH in either league..

BroncoFanBoy
06-27-2010, 12:38 AM
personally i agree. being an NL manager takes more strategy. there are some teams (like the boston red sox for example) who have a great first baseman in kevin youkilis, and another great first baseman in David Ortiz who is DH for them. Jason Giambi had been a DH for years with the yankees and athletics. while on the rockies, he has played some first base, and pinch hitted. in the AL, it's like "best players available in lineup. no strategy involved! wake me up when the game is over, someone's hurt, or a pitcher sucks.

in the NL, if you're using someone to pinch hit, you never know what ur gonna get. like if you're playing colorado, and they're pinch hitting. they could use ryan spilborghs. or they could use jason giambi. gotta plan ahead of time.

makes me glad the rockies have Jim Tracy :salute:

Ryan_Nys
06-27-2010, 10:25 AM
Why are AL pitchers always getting hurt on the basepaths? Do they just forget to stretch or something? Red Sox and Yankee pitchers seem to get hurt quite often in interleague play and then there managers cry and blame the NL.

yes it should be one or the other..

keithbishop
06-27-2010, 06:34 PM
Why are AL pitchers always getting hurt on the basepaths? Do they just forget to stretch or something? Red Sox and Yankee pitchers seem to get hurt quite often in interleague play and then there managers cry and blame the NL.

yes it should be one or the other..

Not sure I'd call 2 Yankees injuries and 1 Boston injury in 13 years of interleague "quite often". I don't recall any crying, either. It's a damned shame Wang's career still isn't back on track a couple years after his injury, which was a freak accident that could have happened running to cover 1B as easily as it could running to 3B. Sergio Mitre was injured a couple weeks back..... and no one but his Mom would cry over his injury. Frustrating? Yes, but no more so than seeing Jorge Posada and Dustin Pedroia break bones in their foot fouling balls off.

Agreed. Either way would be fine with me. I bet AL pitchers would love not having to pitch to a DH.

Southstander
06-28-2010, 09:37 AM
I do agree that the DH either needs to be in both Leagues, or eliminated. I do not agree how ever that it "takes more strategy to manage in the NL, then the AL". The examples that most people give, like the one given by "ER248" are baseball myths. AL Managers have just as hard of decisions during a game as their NL counterparts. The weakest example of this thinking in my mind do you pull a pitcher to get a hit. Any manager has to worry about pulling a player, and how that will effect his team. By pulling starter you potentially weaken your defensive alignment. For example say an AL team has an All Star level catcher, but the guy can't hit water if he feel out of a boat, do you pull him knowing that you just lost a back stop that can call a great game and gun down runners for a pinch hitter?

What I find more upsetting is when NL fans say their the is more "pure". If they wanted to have "pure" baseball they would get rid of other specialist like closers, Mid relievers, Pinch hitters, pinch runners, etc. Or other changes like pitch counts. The list goes on and on.

It is just like when the NFL was putting down the AFL in the 60's. Now all that "unpure" football it is cheered every Sunday and is the highlights of the game.

WhoDeyBengals
06-28-2010, 02:05 PM
The only reason the DH is even around is because the AL used to be vastly inferior to the NL and needed a gimmick to make games more interesting and profitable. I think that ship has sailed, given the outrageous salaries AL teams spend to buy championships.

Southstander
06-28-2010, 04:52 PM
The only reason the DH is even around is because the AL used to be vastly inferior to the NL and needed a gimmick to make games more interesting and profitable. I think that ship has sailed, given the outrageous salaries AL teams spend to buy championships.

This is a myth small market teams fans tell themselves to sleep better at night. Besides if your Reds had a large bankrole, all of the Natti would be demanding the owners bring in big names.