Designated Hitters in the National League?
Well, just in the spring:
Wanting to ease Barry Bonds into the exhibition season, the San Francisco Giants asked the commissioner’s office for permission to use a designated hitter during spring training home games.
The Cincinnati Reds were given permission last weekend to use a DH in five home games starting Thursday so that Ken Griffey Jr. can bat without playing the field. “After I read that the Reds had approached MLB on this issue and were granted approval, I decided to call MLB myself and ask that Barry be accorded the same privilege while he recovers from his knee surgery,” Giants assistant general manager Ned Colletti said Tuesday. “What MLB told me was that as long as we offered the visiting team the same opportunity to use a DH during one of our home games and contacted MLB before do it. It would be OK. “I can’t image a team saying no to this,” Colletti said. “They would have the same opportunity to give a batter at bats using the DH rule.
I’d rail about the insult to the game that this represents and how baseball is going to hell in a handbasket but this is, after all, just spring training. If they can split their squads into two, play against college teams, and stop play with a tie, why not allow the DH?