MLB and MLBPA negotiations are ruining us all, and that’s the nice way of saying it. The two sides appear to be closing in on some form of a deal, though there are still plenty of details to figure out. Dodgers fans though are really concerned with one small detail.
Part of the proposal from MLB getting games going involves two years of the universal designated hitter. That would carry the league through to the next collective bargaining agreement, which means the DH is likely around for good. Dodgers fans took to our Twitter page to express their concern with the rule change.
Above all, it seemed as though the general consensus was that getting baseball back was more important. Yes, Dodgers fans have always known the purest form of baseball, but they would also like it back.
I hate the DH but I hate lack of baseball more
— Andrea Berkey (@aberkey) June 18, 2020
But there were also plenty of arguments against the DH. Fans seem to think it is genuinely a more pure form of baseball in which managers play a more strategic role.
Personally, I love that the NL doesn't have the DH. It's more pure and I like the strategies that result. We all know that two seasons really means forever.
— LL (@lettergirl2020) June 18, 2020
On the flip side, some are glad that Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts doesn’t have to make those big decisions anymore.
Great for the Dodgers! Roberts makes less decisions and we add one of our bats to the best lineup in the league. Let’s Play Ball!
— Rich (@Dodgerdad102) June 18, 2020
Fans also recognize that this rule change definitely plays right into the hands of the Dodgers. If any NL team is immediately equipped for this rule change, it’s us.
I like it. Can give JT an off day at third and just slide him into DH.
— Zack Poff (@Zack_Poff_MP) June 18, 2020
The general sense from Dodgers fans right now is that they don’t really care all that much about the rule changes. Everyone just wants baseball back, even if that means changing up the game and team that we love. Edwin Rios, grab a bat, it’s your time to shine.