SI Insider: Adopting the Universal Designated Hitter Takes Away Tradition and Strategy From Baseball

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If there is an MLB season this year, the National League is reportedly considering adopting the designated hitter and a way to curb what is expected of pitchers this season. SI senior writer Tom Verducci shares why the adoption of the might not be the best move for the MLB. 

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Now, this is not good news. If we do have a baseball season this year, it looks like the National League could adopt the designated hitter. The thinking is that pitchers will have enough on their hands just to get their arms ready in a short period of time for a short season; and that the schedule could be redrafted to have a heavy dose of inter-league games. Especially on a regional basis. 

Now, the problem with adopting the universal DH is that once it's in play, it's hard for baseball to go back to the way that it was and the way it was intended. It's not as if National League Baseball is not an exciting brand of baseball. Last year, the difference between the two leagues in runs per game was 0.4. 

The difference in attendance? Well, people say that they don't want to see the pitcher hit, but last year the National League outdrew the American League by twenty-four percent. Seven million more people. Now adopting a universal DH takes away tradition and it takes away strategy. It dumbs down the game. Let's continue to give fans a choice.