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SportsRick Zamperin: If baseball wants to boost offence, start with a universal DH

15:31  11 february  2019
15:31  11 february  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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In baseball , the designated hitter rule is the common name for Major League Baseball Rule 5.11, adopted by the American League in 1973.

If Major League Baseball wants to continue contending with the other big sports leagues going forward Among the union’s suggestions is a universal designated hitter beginning this year. That being said, a universal DH would help boost offense , which has been lagging for most of this decade.

Rick Zamperin: If baseball wants to boost offence, start with a universal DH© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) pitches to the Tampa Bay Rays during first-inning American league baseball action in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.

As pitchers and catchers get ready to dust off their gloves, grab some eye black and report to spring training, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are talking about making some bold changes to America's pastime.

Proposed changes range from some minor tweaks, such as shortening the time of breaks between innings, to much larger changes, like adding the designated hitter to the National League and implementing a three-batter minimum for relief pitchers.

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The Designated Hitter, commonly referred to as DH , is a player in the batting order to hit only but not play defense. He hits in place of the pitcher. If the DH is replaced by a player who then takes a position, the pitcher must bat in the designated hitter's place.

Substitutions. First things first: As plate umpire, you carry the lineup for the game, and the lineup that you carry is the official lineup for the game. You own it and you manage it. This is not a trivial responsibility because improper substitutions can result in a protest.

Other discussion points deal with lowering the pitching mound again to help boost offence, starting extra innings with a runner on second base, divisional realignment, expanding the playoffs and adding more microphones on players and coaches to enhance the TV viewing experience.

It's all in an effort to make the game of baseball faster and more exciting.

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In 2018, for the first time in baseball's 147-year history, there were more strikeouts than hits. The overall batting average also fell to its lowest level since 1972. It's no surprise that baseball's average attendance fell below 30,000 for the first time since 2003.

No offence to pitchers, but fans want to see more offence, and that's why the two biggest changes baseball can make are lowering the pitching mound and having a universal DH.

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Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present an unprecedented collection of baseball related quotationss spoken about the designated hitter, for the designated hitter and against the designated hitter. "The average fan comes to the park to see action, home runs.

The mound was lowered from 15 inches to 10 after 1968 — known as the "Year of the Pitcher" — after teams combined to score 6.8 runs per game. MLB teams averaged 8.8 runs per game last year.

Fans still want to see good pitching and will grow tired of final scores like 11-8 and 13-6 every other game so I'd suggest the umpires have a consistent strike zone: from the armpits to the top of the knees.

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The American League has employed the DH rule since 1973, and it has not only extended the careers of some sluggers who have defensive liabilities, it has also generated more offence compared to the National League, which still has pitchers step into the batter's box.

The two biggest tweaks baseball can make are right before our eyes. The trouble is, we won't see either change anytime soon.

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