With the recent news that Major League Baseball had tabled discussions of instituting the designated hitter rule in the National League, Los Angeles Dodgers star pitcher Clayton Kershaw made it known that he believes pitchers should have to hit.
Speaking a team event in Los Angeles, Kershaw said that the game benefits from pitchers having to participate in the offense.
“It’s just a better game. It really is,” he said. “Baseball’s a two-sided game. You’ve got to play offense, you’ve got to play defense. I know there’s a lot of great hitters that DH, I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but they all started somewhere. They all played first base, all played a position. They all still could do it if they had to. That’s the truer fun of baseball.
“Selfishly, I love taking batting practice. Hitting in the game is fun, too. I would miss that part of it for sure.”
Kershaw is a .153 hitter over his career.