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A Modest Proposal for Mr. Selig
Posted by Charlie at 3/29/2006 7:29:00 AM
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A thought...

If Bud Selig really wants to put the "Steroid Era" of baseball to rest once and for all... there's one thing he could do as a symbolic first step:

Abolish the DH.

Think about it. There's no position that personifies the overly-bulked-up ballplayer better than the DH. The DH doesn't need to be able to move well or field a position without hurting himself. He just needs to stand there and swing for the fences.

Now before you take me to task with the obvious hole in my plan... yes, I'm aware that most of the biggest names associated with the steroid scandal thus far -- Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Sheffield, etc., don't DH. That isn't the point.

The idea is not to punish those guys specifically, but rather to return the sport to a focus on all aspects of the game: to pitching and defense and baserunning and even the occasional sacrifice bunt.

Do I expect it to happen? Hell no. But I think it would do more for the game -- in returning the focus to the way the game was played before anyone knew what androstendione was -- than any Barry Bonds investigation ever could.


I disagree, except on the part when you admit it will never happen. You overlook the fact that pitchers have been juicing too. Injuries, especially to bullpen pitchers, skyrocketed last year. Look at Gagne for an obvious example of a juicer. (from 92mph, to 97 in one season?) I understand your point that the DH kinda personifies steroids in baseball (the big slugger who doesn't do anything else)...but everyone, EVERYONE has been using the juice. Not just power hitters. Or hitters in general.

Furthermore...I think it's time that we all just stop thinking abotu this steroid stuff. I mean, we ALL knew, even in 1998, plus, steroids just can't make your swing perfect the way Barry's is. Do i think he's a son of a bitch? Yes. Do i think we can all blame ourselves for looking the other way? Yes. We all knew. We all celebrated it. And now we want blood. I say we give a hand to Jason Giambi, who came clean, that is, he told the truth, and showed in last year's second half
Posted by Will Schwarz at 3/29/2006 5:21:00 PM
I grew up rooting for an AL team so I don't mind the DH at all, and I actually may have a good perspective since I'm a Milwaukee fan. It really isn't fun to watch a pitcher try to bunt or even hit for that matter, and a game certainly shouldn't be decided by it.
Posted by herbilk at 3/29/2006 7:25:00 PM
The NL is overated as far as the more strategy argument. How exciting is a double-switch? Almost as exciting as watching a pitcher hit. keep the DH. The AL rules. Just look at the World Series and All-Star Game for the past 10-15 yrs.
Posted by flutiefan at 3/30/2006 2:00:00 PM
Baseball is great the way it is. The DH issue is one that doens't need to be settled. The variety is great between the AL & NL. And I like how interleague play and the world series sometimes force teams to change their strategy. MLB has seen pretty good growth since the DH. No reason to change.
Posted by schoenke at 3/30/2006 10:04:00 PM

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