The universal DH was supposed to be part of the plan for the 2021 MLB season. The Dodgers must have thought that to be true given their interest in various hitters this offseason. Unfortunately, that does not look like it will be happening.
MLB and the Player’s Union agreed on the terms of Healthy and Safety protocols for 2021 this past week. During that process, the league argued that the DH was not integral to the health of players. Thus, it was not included in the plans, much to the chagrin of Dodgers brass.
As it turns out, the Dodgers’ newest pitcher was also holding out hope for it as well. Trevor Bauer recently spoke on am570’s Petros and Money to talk about coming to Los Angeles. For Bauer, there is no reason that the DH should not be a part of the league’s plans.
It’s just time to have a DH in both leagues. If you think about the fans perspective and what they want to watch, do they want to watch a pitcher try to bunt and be bad at hitting or do they want to watch David Ortiz go up there and hit a homer? It’s a pretty simple thought in my head.
Bauer has a total of 49 plate appearances in his career, with most of them coming in 2019 with the Reds. In his career, he has 4 hits to his name, all of them being singles. He has also struck out 24 times and walked 3. He went on to say he would work with the Dodgers hitting coaches to get ready for 2021.
For the moment, the Dodgers will head into the 2021 season planning on their pitchers hitting. There does not seem to be any indication that the universal DH will return, so that is their only real course of action for the moment.
Here’s hoping a miracle comes along because watching these guys get back into the box after a year off could be painful.
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