Here's hoping the owners' notification that they want to abolish the designated hitter has legs far better than Harold Baines's. Lose the DH and you lose two thirds of a run per game. Big deal. These World Series games were memorable because they were played without the DH: Game 6, 1986; Game 4, 1996; Game 7, 1997. The embarrassment of one sport with two sets of rules must end.
Just as no one wants to see Jose Canseco on the mound again, only a masochist (or a pantywaist National League fan) would prefer watching Pat Hentgen bat in place of Canseco in Toronto. Besides, with union boss Donald Fehr calling the owners' plan a "warning shot" and a "threat," do we need any more labor-management friction over something as silly as the DH?