New CBA Rule: Universal DH
At long last, the Designated Hitter is officially coming to baseball. After a one year experiment with the DH in both leagues in 2020, both the players and league decided they wanted to keep it and they did. It was one of the few things both sides agreed with during this whole process.
That ends the days of Brandon Woodruff hitting home runs off Clayton Kershaw. No more shall we see Adrian Houser hit a home run each time he sees the Marlins’ Daniel Castano.
But also, no more shall we see our pitchers struggle to lay down a sacrifice bunt.
No more shall we see our pitchers strike out on three pitches without even swinging a bat.
No more shall we see our pitchers get injured swinging a bat.
No more shall we see our pitchers get injured running the bases.
No more shall we see our pitchers get injured diving into a base.
No more shall we see our pitchers get thrown at by a Cubs reliever that got offended.
No more shall we see teams intentionally walk the eight-hole hitter to get to the pitcher.
No more shall one spot in the lineup be an automatic black hole.
Considering how important the starting rotation is to this Brewers team, and really all teams, implementing the DH is a good move to make, and a necessary one.
This also will provide massive help to the Brewers offense. This allows the Brewers room in the lineup to make another free agent or trade acquisition without taking playing time from guys who also deserve spots. It provides a chance to boost this offense that really needs one.
The DH will allow Craig Counsell to give his hitters days off from the field but still keep them in the lineup. Christian Yelich can get off his legs but still get his ABs and that will allow Tyrone Taylor to get more time out there as well. The same goes for Lorenzo Cain.
This will give Craig Counsell a lot of flexibility with his lineup to get guys their playing time and their rest while also keeping them in the lineup. It will also allow him to keep his starting pitchers in the game longer because he won’t have to remove them for a pinch hitter.