Baseball purists are sure to be feeling plenty of heartache over the next few months. But I am sure even they would prefer this baseball to none at all. When MLB decided it would implement the universal designated hitter starting this year, there were plenty of groans from NL fans.
As expected, plenty of media outlets were excited to feel out how the fans were feeling about this particular rule. FOX Sports ran a poll for MLB fans, asking what they preferred. The results are about exactly what you might expect.
Which do you prefer?
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) June 22, 2020
It’s not exact, but of the 11,339 votes cast, almost 58 percent said that they would prefer the DH hitting over the pitcher. That’s about what you might expect for MLB fans, considering about half of the fans in baseball come from the American League.
On an earlier Tweet on our Dodgers Nation account, fans remained fairly split when it came to the added bat.
— Dodgers?Bro (@DodgersBro) June 18, 2020
I dont like it and then again I like it. How it plays with the new pitcher minimum if managed right could be a good thing and keep a talented platoon team like the Dodgers keeping a good hitter in the game
— DodgerVsWorld?sUp?? (@donniedeporte) June 18, 2020
It takes away fun strategies from the game which will make it more boring. When a pitcher gets a hit everyone gets excited
— John Alioto (@AliotoJohn) June 18, 2020
While the rule might not yet be the most popular in MLB, give it time. Once fans start to see some of their big guys launching baseballs, I am sure the mood will change over time. Where do you stand on the DH? Sound off in the comments below.