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Designated Hitters in the NL?

As a die-hard Cardinals fan, this week’s news that Wainwright has been sidelined for 9-12 months by a torn achilles is devastating, and it has brought the conversation back around to whether or not there should be a DH in the National League.

To me, I think that it’s inevitable, the DH will come to the National League within the next 10 years. But, as much as I’ll miss Waino this year, I think that it’s the wrong move. Having a pitcher who bats brings another dimension and level of nuance to the strategy of the game. Having a tough inning? The 9-hole is your best friend, your sanctuary. On the flip side, when you’ve got the bases loaded and two outs and your pitcher comes up and bloops it into right or, miraculously, drives it over the wall for a grand slam, you feel like the heavens have opened up and the baseball gods are shining on you.

So please, please, leave the DH in the AL, and let’s keep the NL just like it is. Except maybe we could get rid of instant replay, please?

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