Saturday, October 27, 2007

Major League Baseball needs to do something about the designated hitter.

In the first two games of the World Series, the Rockies had to use a reserve outfielder, Ryan Spillborghs as the DH, while the Red Sox used Big Papi. Now, as the series shifts to Colorado and the teams play under National League rules, Kevin Youkilis has to start the game on the bench so the Sox can keep Ortiz in the lineup.

It's pretty ridiculous that the two leagues play under different rules. You don't see the AFC and NFC dealing with this, or the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference in the NBA.

This puts the visiting team at a disadvantage in the most important games of the year. Teams build their lineups for the vast majority of the games they play, then have to make a big change for the World Series.

I have never been a fan of the DH. I think it distorts the game, with more offense and longer lineups. However, after more than 30 years I think it's time to sync up the rules in each league, even if it means adding the DH to the National League. With interleague play every year in addition to the World Series, it only makes sense to put all the teams on a level playing field.

OK, I'm off my soapbox. Enjoy game 3!


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