The MLB is considering adding a universal DH this offseason. Is this the move they should make and how does it affect the Texas Rangers?
The MLB is considering a few rule changes this offseason headlined by the possibility of adding the DH to the National League making it a league-wide rule. The idea of a DH in both leagues is something that has been discussed in the past but is often met with strong contention. Arguments against making the move usually center around the idea that doing away with hitting pitchers would “violate” the tradition of the game. Additionally, many feel it would take away a strategic component in the National League that many have come to appreciate. But are those valid enough reasons to not make the move?
What Should The Decision Be?
Without a doubt, I believe the MLB should approve the universal DH this offseason. It may make me a non-baseball purist but it’s the logical step that should’ve been taken for a while now. There’s a number of reasons and evidence on why this move is better for the game for the long-term.
First, there’s no reason why a league has a rule that is different for half of the said league. Look at the other big leagues in the United States and the game is uniform across the conference, division, etc. There really is no reason good enough to justify not having a set of uniform rules for the league. This should be argument enough as well.
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Additionally, the MLB has also overwhelmingly become an offensive league. Offense is what sells the tickets so why are we handicapping half of the league? Logically, the league should be pursuing avenues that make the game more exciting and attractive to new fans and part of this is adding an element that creates more offense. While there are some pitchers who are decent hitters, none of them can generate the kind of offense that a DH will. Opening up the DH spot will allow managers to use their pitchers longer and honestly help speed up the game somewhat.
How Would This Affect The Texas Rangers?
Obviously, this would have some effect on the Texas Rangers although very minimal. Texas would be able to keep their DH in the lineup when visiting National League opponents. For Texas more than a lot of teams, this could be pretty crucial. The expected DH for much of the season this year is going to be Shin-Soo Choo who was really the Rangers best hitter last season. Allowing Choo to get more at-bats without having to sacrifice defense could be a big plus for a team that probably lack a little bit on the pitching side of things come next season.