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miker
01-07-2005, 08:42 AM
Baseball purists often cite the DH as the reason of various ills:
- long high-scoring games
- beanball wars started by pitchers who don't have to bat
- keeps players in the game after they should have retired
- puts AL at a dissadvantage in the playoffs

On the other hand, fans of the DH note that:
- even back in the good-old days, the pitchers spot is a hole in the lineup
- keeps good offensive players in the game after they have lost their defensive skills

What do you think?

idseer
01-07-2005, 08:51 AM
it was a gimmick to begin with and it still is imo.

veeter
01-07-2005, 08:51 AM
Until I see NL pitchers making a difference at the plate I love the DH. Some pitchers look so scared at the plate it's like why even go up there. I also like the difference in the two leagues. It sets them apart.

idseer
01-07-2005, 08:52 AM
I also like the difference in the two leagues. It sets them apart.
which is what is wrong with it.

Frater Perdurabo
01-07-2005, 09:13 AM
I like the DH. As a Sox fan, why would anyone want to do away with a position that will help extend Frank Thomas' career?

Nick@Nite
01-07-2005, 09:24 AM
Hate the DH. I want to see pitchers get their asses up to the plate and hack, just like everyone else.

As for Frank, he would have improved his glove-skills from sheer necessity if he'd of played 1B everyday, imo.

RKMeibalane
01-07-2005, 09:27 AM
I like the DH. As a Sox fan, why would anyone want to do away with a position that will help extend Frank Thomas' career?
Because the Frank-haters don't want him around.

Ol' No. 2
01-07-2005, 10:01 AM
Hate the DH. I want to see pitchers get their asses up to the plate and hack, just like everyone else.

As for Frank, he would have improved his glove-skills from sheer necessity if he'd of played 1B everyday, imo.I've gone back and forth on this over the years. There are good things to be said about the DH, but in the end, I'd rather see the game played the way it was meant to be played. Let the other sports have their "third and long specialists". In baseball, everybody plays both ways, for better or for worse.

And Thomas would not be the first poor-fielding 1B in history, or even the worst. That's part of the game.

idseer
01-07-2005, 10:51 AM
I like the DH. As a Sox fan, why would anyone want to do away with a position that will help extend Frank Thomas' career?
with no dh the sox would be a different team today. thomas would be the firstbaseman and pk wouldn't even be on the team.

extending careers shouldn't be a motivating factor in any event. when you're too old to play ... get the hell out!

jackbrohamer
01-07-2005, 11:06 AM
I think MLB should either use it for both leagues or can it. I don't buy the argument that the NL is so much more interesting because the pitchers bat; the double-switch ain't exactly complicated, and doesn't make the game any more interesting for fans (most of whom don't know it's even happening in the first place)

mjharrison72
01-07-2005, 11:07 AM
which is what is wrong with it.I agree... I think whether there's a DH or not, both leagues should do it the same. I like the DH because it adds a little more offensive spark, but from a baseball purity standpoint, I have more respect for guys who play the field and bat, too.
-M

Mickster
01-07-2005, 11:14 AM
Keep the DH until Frank retires and then.......

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