Do we really have to do the DH rule in the National League? It’s something that comes and it goes…mostly goes.
When it comes to the designated hitter rule, it’s something that has a lot of work, to say the least. To say that the National League would like to this is a little bit tricky–at least that’s what Commissioner Rob Manfred revealed. The Cubs with their young bunch of outfielders would have the ability to them play at DH.
General manager Jed Hoyer declined to respond to reporters that Manfred made at the conclusion of the owners’ meetings in New York.
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The rule change would have to formally presented by the owners and approved by the MLB Players Association. But once accepted, this would be a huge thing to this league. So what would the Cubs think?
The benefits would be immense for the Cubs. First, they’d find a place for guys like Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr., while finding a place for guys like Rizzo and Bryant to find a mini-break while DH on occasion.
And for a player like Addison Russell? He can see the days like this.
“I came up in an organization in the American League, so the DH was natural,” Russell said. “Switching over was definitely a huge adjustment, but I’d like to see the pitcher just pitch and have another bat in the lineup.”
For the benefit of such, Theo Epstein and Hoyer saw the most productive in their time, David Ortiz. He was one of the most outstanding designated hitters in their time.