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Is It Time for Baseball to Phase Out the DH?
April 06, 1998
YESHere'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.—Tom Verducci
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April 06, 1998

Is It Time For Baseball To Phase Out The Dh?

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YES
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.
—Tom Verducci

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NO
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?
—Grant Wahl

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