MLB commissioner Rob Manfred ruled out the use of a designated hitter in the National League for the “foreseeable future” on Monday, reports ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.
“The most likely result on the designated hitter for the foreseeable future is the status quo,” Manfred told Crasnick. “I know [St. Louis Cardinals general manager] John Mozeliak talked about it, and when you have any National League club talking about it, it’s interesting. But I think the vast majority of clubs in the National League want to stay where they are.”
The news comes in the wake of Manfred’s comment to reporters last week that the NL could get a DH by the 2017 season.
The National League has never used a designated hitter, while the American League has used a DH since 1973.