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Old 04-22-2001, 01:29 AM   #1
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I think it was Joe Torre who once said, "The AL is like checkers.. the NL is like chess."

Why? -- because of the DH rule.

Personally, I like the NL better because there is alot more stradegy involved than in the AL. A LOT more!!!

What does everyone think of the DH rule? Should it be reversed to no DH in either league, or keep it in to show the separation between the AL & NL.

Personally, I would not like the DH in the AL, because my Blue Jays are not deep enough on pitching, so it'd hurt them! (...little biased, there! ) ...plus, as I see it, thats the ONLY difference between the AL & NL.

What does everyone else think?
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Old 04-22-2001, 12:24 PM   #2
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I like it the way it is, it gives a little bit of a difference between the two leagues. I do agree that it isn't exactly "right" or "fair" but teams in the AL have designed their teams around the DH and the NL around their pitchers hitting.

It also makes it interesting when the WS comes along, go by the home team's rules (DH or not).
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I like it the way it is also. Like Peter said, it gives some difference. I definitely like it.
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I agree, too. However, I think pitchers should be forced to hit.
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How can you agree if you want pitchers to hit?
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Old 04-22-2001, 04:25 PM   #6
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I like how it is. Shows the different strategies used in each league and makes the World Series more interesting as they have to adapt to the other league's rules.
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Old 04-22-2001, 05:38 PM   #7
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Here's an idea, kinda goes along with Marc's opinion.

Let the DH be in both leagues BUT have pitchers hit in both leagues as well. So you could DH say your LF or your SS if they are struggling.

Or even make DH optional in both leagues.
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Old 04-22-2001, 07:29 PM   #8
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I like having a DH. It's too easy to get a pitcher out most of the time. It is kinda funny seeing some of the pitchers bat.
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It adds more strategy to the games though.
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Old 04-22-2001, 11:09 PM   #10
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I don't like it. Never have. Following the Braves over the years, I've seen some good hitting from the pitchers. It adds another element to the game, the pitchers helping themselves. It also adds the aforementioned strategy. Double switches are something you never see in the AL. When the playoffs comearound, it gets even better. You send in a reliever, the other manager sends in a pinch hitter, then you send in a different reliever, does the other manager send in another pinch hitter and waste a body, or does he go with his first pinch hitter?

You know in a way, come time for the World Series, in isn't fair for the NL team. When there is a DH the AL has their normal hitter, but the NL team doens't have that big bat to plug into that spot. I don't see a way you could fix that though. And when there is no DH, there really isn't much if any advantage for the NL team.
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It goes both ways though. The AL pitchers usually do not hit well.
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Old 04-23-2001, 09:54 AM   #12
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Well, Wedge, they don't hit well because they never hit. They don't need to practice it, so they aren't good at it. I personally, like the DH...like many have said, it adds a needed difference between the leagues.
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I think the DH rule is OK the way it is. It gives the National League an advantage in inter-league play and makes the games more fun. American League minor league pitchers do not bat in the minors, but national league minor leaguers do part of the time. If the DH were eliminated in the minors, It would probably improve the quality of pitchers hitting.
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It's not just that though. Doble switches and pinch hitters add strategy.
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I agree with that. Managers in the National League are better strategists than those in the AL are. They carry more position players and have more moves that they can make. If a pitcher can throw 7+ innings each time out, it doesn't make any difference how well he can hit. He'll stay on any roster in the bigs.
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