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Some of the differences in strategy and intrigue with DH vs. non-DH baseball have less to do with the skill level of pitchers and DH's and more to do with the *types of skills* that pitchers bring to the plate.
Pitchers are often well-drilled in bunting and adequate at baserunning if they do get on. This puts them in stark contrast with, say, Prince Fielder, who has 12 SBs and 0 SHs in 579 career games. Many would argue that regardless of the good traits that pitchers on offense, their propensity for failing dismally over and over again cancels out their positive traits. Pitchers have in common with Prince the trait that they strike out a lot; Prince has done so in almost 23% of his career ABs. So is the game somehow better because we exclude players with certain skills at the plate and replace them with players who have Prince Fielder-like skills at the plate?
What if we went the other way with it, allowing teams to set up line-up of 9 hitters in the batting order, and then allowing the first baseman (the worst fielding player in the same way that the pitcher is the worst hitting player) to be replaced in the field for a "Designated Fielder"? Would it improve the game if we didn't have to watch Prince Fielder play in the field? I mean, as a Brewer fan, yes... but it would it really improve the game, or just change it?
I like the non-DH game better because it stays closer to the original idea of baseball, in my opinion, which is that all of a player's skills have to be taken into consideration.
Whenever I read about what great new things the government is doing because it's spending taxpayer money to improve infrastructure, I always think, "isn't that what the government is supposed to be doing all the time?"
Here's a thought: if we accept that major pro sports teams are a vital part of the community to the extent that they ought to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding, then is it not totally in line (and good for the economy) for local government to demand a tax on ticket revenue in that stadium that could be used to buy back bonds at an accelerated rate? Or invested in local job-creation programs? Has that ever been done? Or talked about? Given that no one is actually going to move to Las Vegas or Portland, could such a scenario be done in, say, Oakland?
Will it be held during "Speed-Dating Night"?
Not only was this a celebrity story, but, six years after the alleged test, it was leaked to major, mainstream sports media by mulitple sources almost at the precise moment that major league baseball owners want you to start paying attention to the upcoming season.
\"The Davenport numbers provide a slightly less sanguine view (-3 FRAA), showing Howard (-14) and Burrell (-11) as outright liabilities; hence the latter\'s frequent departures for a defensive replacement.\"
The irony of Burrell possibly being replaced by Matt Stairs must be noted.