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Designated Hitter For The National League

Updated on January 16, 2013

Am I the only one who's tired of pitchers batting in the National League? Why in the hell does that league insist on sending up to the plate guys who consistently swing like its their first time ever having a ball thrown in their direction. Meanwhile, there are extremely well payed members of the roster sitting day after day on the pine. The pitcher's already earning his money without hitting. Make somebody else in the lineup should earn theirs too. Lets face it. The first thought on anybodys mind when the pitcher comes up is "easy out". Then why bother going through the motions? The euphoric state of everyone on that pitcher's team when he gets a hit tells you just how rare it is for the pitcher to actually have a successful plate appearance.

Lets look at a few batting averages shall we. I'll pick the best team in the National League last year so I'm not accused of biased stats. A sampling of batting averages for St. Louis Cardinal pitchers who had at least 27 at bats were .097, .106, .143, .155, .175. These guys obviously spend all of their time on pitching and next to none on hitting so quit sending them to bat. And as far as bunting goes there are guys on each teams bench that can do that too. A hitter/bunter will leave the defense unsure as to what his intentions are. Rather than the complete predictability of a bunt with a runner on first and the pitcher up with less than two outs.

Has the pitcher on any team every batted anywhere in the lineup besides #9? While every other position on the field occupies various places in the lineup from one game to the next. Its an admission from all National League teams that the PITCHER CAN'T HIT. It's also a fact that teams will pitch around the #8 hitter just to get to the pitcher. A designated hitter would result in far fewer "unintentional" intentional walks. It would keep pitchers off the base paths too where they could open themselves up to unnecessary injuries. Under current rules if an American League team plays a National League team the league rules for the home team apply. So the American League has to send up pitchers who are even worse hitters than the National League pitchers. Of course one alternative is to teach pitchers how to hit. But that's not going to happen if it hasn't happened yet.

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