By Tyler Vanderelst |Staff Writer|
One of the most controversial topics in baseball is whether or not teams should have a designated hitter.
Introduced in 1973, a designated hitter (DH) is someone in the starting lineup who hits for the pitcher.
This prevents the pitcher from injury or being an easy out.
The way that Major League Baseball (MLB) is set up is with two divisions, the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).
The AL uses designated hitters to keep the pitchers healthy and attempt to receive more runs with a big hitter batting for the pitcher. Whereas the NL feels that every other player has to hit, including the pitcher.
Many baseball fans like Bobby Thomas have their own opinions on whether or not there should be a DH.
“I think having a DH in baseball is a good thing because it adds excitement to the game that most times you don’t get with a pitcher hitting,” said Thomas.
This is one point that many fans of having a DH refer to. For the most part, pitchers are not in the league because they can hit. Pitchers are normally the worst batters in the game except for a select few who can hit the ball.
By taking the pitcher out of the batting order and adding someone who can hit well and is normally rested, the DH can potentially hit the ball out of the park on any given at-bat.
There are also fans of baseball who think having a DH ruins the game.
They believe that since every other position has to play both sides of the ball, so should the pitchers. This adds a little more value to pitchers that can hit because it adds another batter when most pitchers are the easiest out of the game.
One baseball fan who thinks there should not be a DH is Gabe Medlock.
“I like having a pitcher hit because ever so often they hit a homer and it is incredible to see and I would not want to take that away from baseball,” said Medlock.
Both sides of the arguments have their pros and cons as to whether or not there should be a DH.
Some of the pros for having a DH is more excitement by adding someone who can hit in place for the pitcher, keeping the pitcher safe from getting hurt batting, and it gives veterans who cannot play defense at a high level a chance to keep playing by being a DH.
Cons for having a DH is that it gives pitchers a chance to try and help out their own cause by putting some runs up occasionally.
It also gives great excitement when a pitcher gets a hit and it keeps everything a little more traditional by having every position hit.
There has always been a debate inside the baseball community about including a designated hitter and it does not appear to be ending anytime soon.