Across the Dodgers Spring Training camp, there seems to be a reoccurring theme. Almost every pitcher has been asked if they want to get at-bats in and what they think about having to hit in 2021. The results are almost unanimous in that they would much rather have a DH.
Unfortunately, that’s not in the plans for Major League Baseball in 2021. After a huge success utilizing the rule in a shortened season in 2020, Rob Manfred and the league pulled the plug on the change. Dodgers players and coaches have since voiced their displeasure in having to get back to their pitchers hitting.
One guy who has not been unhappy with the change is Tony Gonsolin. Goose had 4 hits in his rookie season with the Dodgers, adding to his impressive college numbers. The guy can swing the bat and it seems like he wants to do it this year. I asked Tony about the universal DH and if he would prefer to hit for himself.
I like getting the at-bats. You know, getting back into the swing of things and seeing pitches and seeing balls like in batting practice and all that. Just get a little more comfortable in the box. But you know, it was pretty fun today. It might not be as fun when I’m hitting off someone throwing 100, but until then just have fun with it.
The good news is that he will probably get that chance in 2021. For the moment, there does not appear to be any movement on getting that rule changed ahead of Opening Day. But Dodgers manager Dave Roberts also talked this week about hoping MLB would reconsider before the season kicks off.
All that needs to happen for Gonsolin is for him to crack the Dodgers Opening Day roster. He would also probably need to make the starting rotation since the likelihood of him hitting in relief is relatively low.
Personally, I look forward to seeing Gonsolin get his hacks in this year.