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"the times" yeah, the NL needs to baby these players to get with modern times

Kris Bryant got hurt because he slipped on a wet base. If you're the Cubs owner, that's a $16MM investment out for a significant portion of the season because of a wet base.

Obviously, the solution is to eliminate base running. He hits the ball and we automatically put him on 1st base - so that no one gets injured.
No, the solution is to not have a wet base if you can.
 

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Ooooh, I love that this took a turn into NL rules vs AL rules which is better.

Because it shows why the DH for SP only rule makes perfect sense. All of those arguments for/against… the "DH for SP only" rule is BETTER than the current situation in all cases for all arguments.

It CREATES way more strategy, it can protect high priced pitchers from offensive injuries, it gives an advantage to teams with good-hitting pitchers, it doesn’t render DH-types unemployed, and it gives other bench players more PT.
 

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Yeah, but that “DH for SP only” rule poops on 47 years of tradition of the AL and NL being separate as it pertains to the DH.
Well, interleague play pooped on the separate league tradition when that started. Nike swooshes on jerseys are pooping on tradition and just wait until they start putting ads on the jerseys like in the NBA. Or when they start extra innings with a runner on 2nd and 1 out, talk about pooping on tradition. Rob Manfred is a master pooper.

Edit: I don't disagree with you. I just wanted to say that the tradition of the game (and separate leagues in some cases) is already going away.
 

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Anecdotally, in high school the pitchers are often the best hitters. (and best baseball athletes)
Then in college and minor league they forget about hitting.
 

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Ooooh, I love that this took a turn into NL rules vs AL rules which is better.

Because it shows why the DH for SP only rule makes perfect sense. All of those arguments for/against… the "DH for SP only" rule is BETTER than the current situation in all cases for all arguments.

It CREATES way more strategy, it can protect high priced pitchers from offensive injuries, it gives an advantage to teams with good-hitting pitchers, it doesn’t render DH-types unemployed, and it gives other bench players more PT.
Fans don't get a vote in how this turns out.

And in terms of the better marketing strategy: "We're getting power hitters more at bats league-wide" sells a lot better than "We're increasing the amount of strategy in the game" when trying to get new fans in or to increase how often casual fans watch. Diehards are gonna diehard and no one is going to worry about them. It's the casuals they want to grab.

The players union wants full time DHs everywhere. Again, this is the most important part. They don't want to take a step back to reduce the impact DHs have on the game, so this "compromise" will just be a non-starter.


Expansion:
4 divisions of 4. In the AL Tampa and Baltimore can join up with Cleveland and Detroit, with Montreal joining up with the Yankees, Sox, and Jays. Slide either Houston (probably Houston since they haven't been in the west for too long anyway) or Texas to the central and keep the other in the west. Though really the best thing would be to send the Astros back to the NL...then both teams can be added to the AL, and let's say Vegas continues their "let's get pro sports!" ways and gets the second one:
So:
Boston
Montreal
New York
Toronto

Baltimore
Cleveland
Detroit
Tampa

Chicago
Texas
KC
Minnesota

LA
Oakland
Seattle
Vegas


Then the NL

Atlanta
NY
Philly
Washington

Cinci
Miami
Pitt
St Louis

Chicago
Colorado
Houston
Milwaukee

Arizona
LA
SD
SF


Not the best alignment, and maybe there's something to be said about keeping Houston in the AL and potentially putting Montreal as an NL city again and finding room for them in the East, but eh. Realignment can be crazy.
 
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