From an outside view, the Dodgers don’t appear to have benefited much from the universal designated hitter. Their DH’s combined for 8 home runs and a slash line of .273/.354/.432 which isn’t bad, but it’s also not something that jumps out at you.
The real benefit to the Dodgers is that the DH allowed them flexibility. The ability to move guys around and give them days off of their feet while also keeping their bats in the lineup proved invaluable through the 60-game season.
Now that we’re through the short pandemic season, we might be seeing some more changes coming. MLB has already told teams that there is a good chance the NL will NOT have the designated hitter in 2021. The Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw is a decent hitter as far as pitchers go, but even he would prefer to keep the DH around. Kersh talked about it recently with the SportsNet LA crew.
I actually got kind of used to the DH honestly. And don’t get me wrong I love hitting, but just because I get to take batting practice at Dodger Stadium. There’s not that much fun in a game, that’s not easy to do. But to be able to hit homeruns, to be able to do that at Dodger Stadium is a ton of fun. Honestly, the way we’re built, the way our team can be put together, I think it would almost benefit us more to be able to have a DH. Hopefully maybe they can figure that out because I think it benefits the game in general, but I kind of have come around I’m used to it by now.
If Kershaw wants the DH to stick around, it’s safe to say that the rest of the league is in support. Kershaw has historically been a guy that loves to hit, and will take batting practice whenever he can. So if the Dodgers southpaw is ready to have the universal DH around long-term, we probably should look into making it happen.
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