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#21 Craig Arko

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 09:09 PM

They’re okay. I don’t think I’d ask one out for a date, though.

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 09:15 PM

Hard for me not to like the DH when Cruz is on the Twins

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 10:10 PM

Hard for me not to like the DH when Cruz is on the Twins


I liked Cruz when he played RF for the Rangers.

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 10:14 PM

I love the DH, but there's a lot of people on the NL side who see pitchers hitting as tradition and are firmed ingrained in this belief, so I don't think it'll be changing anytime soon.

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 11:34 PM

I like pitchers having to hit. A good hitting pitcher is an advantage. Watching bad hitting pitchers flail is awesome, and you never know when they might actually get a hit. Having pitchers bat also helps keep the head hunting down as they have to face the opposing pitcher themselves. I also think it also helps pitchers to bat as it gives them a chance to see live pitching first hand and see their stuff and sequences.

 

Instead of the DH i'd add the Free Hitter for both leagues, a free pinch hit at bat during the game where the hitter being pinch hit for gets to stay in the game and the Free Hitter returns to the bench to be used again.

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 11:35 PM

I love watching pitchers try to hit. And watching pitchers that can hit is fantastic.


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 12:25 AM

The 26th roster spot is so that all teams will carry 13 pitchers and not short their bench. Period. Yes, the DH allows players (like Nelson Cruz) to continue to have jobs.

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 02:12 AM

I often relate this scenario when this subject comes up:

If the game of baseball had started with a DH for the pitcher and then 100 years later someone said, "Hey, I have an idea. Let's have the pitcher bat!"

Well, everyone would think that guy was an idiot.

 

Nevertheless, I like that the leagues have this one rule different. Makes it kind of fun.

Also, I cannot stop smirking when you invariably run into that person who bemoans the advent of the DH ruining the 'purity of the game'.

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 05:10 AM

In the story, David Ortiz ia described as a non-athlete, which is exactly how I would describe how painful it is to watch most pitchers "try" to bat.

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 07:09 AM

I think it's absolutely pointless having a pitcher try and hit.Maybe back in the 1930's, 20's and earlier it made more sense, but now it's totally futile.

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 07:41 AM

I don't understand the purists at all.It's as if all change is bad.Baseball already got rid of collisions at the plate and the stupid slid into the player throwing the ball from second and they are on there way to the pitch clock.The game changed with steroid use.Analytics have changed the game.The game has been changing before the purists eyes for years and yet they still bemoan the use of the DH.This game doesn't stay the same, strategies change like defensive shifts and lefty specialist relievers.The game isn't and hasn't been "pure" for decades.Enjoy the changes they make the game better.

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 12:53 PM

 

I like pitchers having to hit. A good hitting pitcher is an advantage. Watching bad hitting pitchers flail is awesome, and you never know when they might actually get a hit. Having pitchers bat also helps keep the head hunting down as they have to face the opposing pitcher themselves. I also think it also helps pitchers to bat as it gives them a chance to see live pitching first hand and see their stuff and sequences.

 

Instead of the DH i'd add the Free Hitter for both leagues, a free pinch hit at bat during the game where the hitter being pinch hit for gets to stay in the game and the Free Hitter returns to the bench to be used again.

The MLB rules-makers and policy-makers and umpires are the ones who should be in charge of keeping head-hunting down. 


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 03:45 PM

The NL game is simply inferior and the lack of a DH is a big reason. The idea that strategy is somehow involved is vastly overstated. https://hatedyankees...ational-league/


Great link, thanks for sharing. It’s crazy thinking after all of these years, the leagues still play by different rules. Imagine if other pro sports did that... Like the Western Conference in basketball saying you know what? We don’t want to play games with a 3 point shot.
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Posted 20 January 2020 - 04:07 PM

 

I don't understand the purists at all.It's as if all change is bad.Baseball already got rid of collisions at the plate and the stupid slid into the player throwing the ball from second and they are on there way to the pitch clock.The game changed with steroid use.Analytics have changed the game.The game has been changing before the purists eyes for years and yet they still bemoan the use of the DH.This game doesn't stay the same, strategies change like defensive shifts and lefty specialist relievers.The game isn't and hasn't been "pure" for decades.Enjoy the changes they make the game better.

Also, the intentional walk is now holding up four fingers instead of purposely throwing four balls way outside. Change should've been made years ago. 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 04:08 PM

 

Great link, thanks for sharing. It’s crazy thinking after all of these years, the leagues still play by different rules. Imagine if other pro sports did that... Like the Western Conference in basketball saying you know what? We don’t want to play games with a 3 point shot.

Here you go. 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 04:16 PM

Yes, I really like the DH. I wish the NL would adopt it. 

I think watching bunting is boring. I'm glad Rocco doesn't bunt. 


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Posted 20 January 2020 - 05:25 PM

DH is clearly the way to go. Think of the number 8 hitter in the NL. You're up with 2 outs and you're already the worst hitter on your team. The guy batting after you has no business taking a major league at bat.  What kind of pitches are you going to see?

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 06:22 PM

Yes I like it and yes I like both leagues being different.And no, I would not put DHs in the HOF and I would not put in one inning relievers.

 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 06:50 PM

I love the DH and dislike players who only DH while thanking my lucky stars that Nelson Cruz is on the roster all at the same time. 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 08:10 PM

 

The MLB rules-makers and policy-makers and umpires are the ones who should be in charge of keeping head-hunting down. 

Rules are rules and athletes are athletes. Nothing like having to face the possibility of seeing a high-hard-one should the opposing team deem your deliveries to be too close for comfort.