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02-08

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Rubbing Mud: A Few Facts About the Designated Hitter
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Matthew Trueblood

11-03

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Baseball Therapy: How Much the DH Rule Matters
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Russell A. Carleton

07-08

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Rubbing Mud: A Long Battle Won
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Matthew Trueblood

09-22

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Interleague Report: Week 26
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Jeff Quinton

09-15

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Interleague Report: Week 25
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Jeff Quinton

09-08

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Interleague Report: Week 24
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Jeff Quinton

09-02

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Interleague Report: Week 23
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Jeff Quinton

08-25

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Interleague Report: Week 22
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Jeff Quinton

08-18

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Interleague Report: Week 21
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Jeff Quinton

08-04

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Interleague Report: Week 19
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Jeff Quinton

07-28

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Interleague Report: Week 18
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Jeff Quinton

07-21

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Interleague Report: Week 17
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Jeff Quinton

07-14

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Interleague Report: Week 16
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Jeff Quinton

07-07

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Interleague Report: Week 15
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Jeff Quinton

06-30

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Interleague Report: Week 14
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Jeff Quinton

06-23

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Interleague Report: Week 13
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Jeff Quinton

06-16

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Interleague Report: Week 12
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Jeff Quinton

06-09

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Interleague Report: Week 11
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Jeff Quinton

06-02

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Interleague Report: Week 10
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Jeff Quinton

05-27

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Interleague Report: Week Nine
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Jeff Quinton

05-19

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Interleague Report: Week Eight
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Jeff Quinton

05-12

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Interleague Report: Week Seven
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Jeff Quinton

05-05

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Interleague Report: Week Six
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Jeff Quinton

04-28

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Interleague Report: Week Five
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Jeff Quinton

04-14

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Interleague Report: Week Three
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Jeff Quinton

09-19

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Skewed Left: Danny Valencia and the Orioles' DH Merry-Go-Round
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Zachary Levine

04-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 183: How to Set Up a Rotation/The DH of the Future/Batting Stanton Leadoff/Pitchers and Handwarmers/Quad-A Hitters
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-19

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Skewed Left: Baseball's Great Unresolved Debates
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Zachary Levine

01-28

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher for 1/28/13
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Josh Shepardson

01-03

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BP Unfiltered: A New Solution to the DH Debate
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Russell A. Carleton

12-04

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 94: The Perplexing Trade Value of R.A. Dickey and Billy Butler
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-31

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Value Picks: First, Third, and DH for 7/31/12
by
Michael Street

03-07

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Inspecting the Spectrum, Part IV: The Designated Hitter Question
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Jay Jaffe

03-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Don Mincher, Part 1
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David Laurila

01-31

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 1/31/12
by
Michael Street

12-30

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/30/12
by
Michael Street

12-16

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Men Behind the Men Behind the Plate
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

08-23

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: The Best of the Best
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Jason Parks

07-01

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On the Beat: The Buck Stops...Where?
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John Perrotto

06-22

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Clubhouse Confidential: Helping Their Own Cause
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Marc Carig

05-02

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On the Beat: Hello, Cleveland!
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John Perrotto

04-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Myth of the Golden Age
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Dan Fox

02-28

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16

Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at First, Third and DH
by
Michael Street

01-11

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Transaction Analysis: Bartlett's Price Quote
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Christina Kahrl

01-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Don Mincher, Part I
by
David Laurila

12-30

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Edgar Martinez
by
Jay Jaffe

11-19

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On the Beat: The AL Winter Agenda
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John Perrotto

11-12

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So You Need: Outfielders and Designated Hitters
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Marc Normandin

11-01

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On the Beat: Dealing with the DH
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John Perrotto

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As the league continues to weigh the question of DH expansion, a look at the ways DHs are used and the way they change the game.

Not long ago, a Twitter acquaintance who goes by the handle @CubicSnarkonia posted a blog at his Cubs-centric site, World Series Dreaming. In it, he posed a series of questions about the designated hitter, in light of the fact that, depending on who you ask (or when you ask them), the DH may or may not be coming to the NL in the near future. I was relieved, because those questions helped me find some focus for a piece I’d been trying to develop for a while. I have a strong (and fairly well-documented) opinion on the issue, but had been having a hard time figuring out exactly what piece of the puzzle I was trying to articulate this time around. I’ll get to that at the end, though. To begin, here are the questions Rice Cube asked in his piece, and the best answers I can offer to each. It was nice to have some objective, mostly neutral questions for a jumping-off point.

Does the DH increase game times to obnoxious levels?
Well, everyone’s definition of obnoxious is different, I suppose. In 2015, 39 games involving the DH lasted at least four hours. One hundred fifty-three lasted at least three and a half hours, and 564 lasted at least three hours. Also, because this turns out to be of some importance: five DH-in-effect games lasted at least five hours. Thirteen lasted at least four and a half hours.


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November 3, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: How Much the DH Rule Matters

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Russell A. Carleton

When it comes to the World Series, the home-rules advantage trumps the home-field advantage.

Every year during the World Series, we’re once again brought face-to-face with the strangest oddity in all of professional sports. The rules for the sport itself change based on where the game is being played. If the game is being played in one of the “American” League parks, the pitcher doesn’t have to bat, but is instead replaced by a player who is his “designated” replacement in the lineup. In one of the “National” League parks, the pitcher has to take his turn like any of his other eight friends. Oh sure, we all have our opinion on the #TeamDH vs. #TeamBadBaseball debate, but take a look back and consider how strange it would seem if the Eastern Conference in the NBA had a three-point line but the Western Conference did not. Can you even imagine #Team3Pointer vs. #AllCountTheSame Twitter wars?

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If it wasn't clear already, it's clear now: The DH in the National League is a good thing for baseball.

A year ago, Mark Trumbo looked in danger of losing any foothold as a big-league regular. Already a poor fielder and baserunner, he was slowly being swallowed by the hitter's Hellmouth that is Safeco Field, and stood on the doorstep of a very unpromising free agency. Then came the trade that made him part of the Indians' improbable playoff run. Trumbo might not have flashed any new skills, but at least he proved that his old ones weren't gone. He fit beautifully in Cleveland, if only for that short time. Alas, as pitching staffs stretch to take up 14 roster spots on more and more teams, there remain virtually no places for guys of Trumbo's ilk. If nothing had changed from last season to this, we might have seen the last of him.

Of course, that's not what happened. Trumbo's resurgent season as the Braves' DH is fueling Atlanta's fulfillment of their fast-tracked rebuilding project. The new park in Cobb County may be a choke point for Atlanta's already abysmal traffic and an eyesore unworthy of its decade-old brethren, but at least a winning team is calling it home. Without the NL's implementation of the DH, that might not be true: Trumbo's 1.5 WARP almost covers the gap between the young Braves and a .500 record.

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September 22, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 26

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Jeff Quinton

Examining how the upcoming AL-vs.-NL and NL-vs.-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

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September 15, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 25

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 24

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

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September 2, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 23

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

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August 25, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 22

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 21

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Domonic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

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August 4, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 19

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Dominic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

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July 28, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 18

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Jeff Quinton

Looking at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Dominic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player that is gaining at bats.

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July 21, 2014 6:00 am

Interleague Report: Week 17

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Jeff Quinton

A look at the upcoming AL-vs-NL and NL-vs-AL matchups, and how they might affect teams' lineups.

Please note that in the “DH” column, the player listed is the player that has been added or removed from the lineup, not necessarily the player in the DH slot. For example, if the Phillies move Dominic Brown to DH and put Tony Gwynn Jr. in the OF, then I will list Gwynn Jr. in the “DH” column because he is the player who is gaining at-bats.

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