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(R) Your arguments are valid considering the American League perspective.
Look at Jose Canseco. What self respecting Major League GM would sign him as a
well rounded ball player. Sure he can crank out homers ala Sosa, but he said
himself that if he were an everday player, he would have 500 home runs and 600
errors. I think baseball and interleague play would be better off without
(MB)Why would baseball be better off without the DH? Is
Jose Canseco any less of a "well-rounded" player because of his defensive
shortcomings than is a pitcher who is totally inept at the plate? The fact that
Canseco or any other defensive incompetent has a job at all is a supporting
argument for the fact that the primary function of a baseball position player is
to produce runs. There are a great many slick fielders who ride the bench until
a late-inning defensive replacement is called for, but not too many productive
hitters who sit due to their defensive problems.
When Tampa Bay signed Canseco, they certainly didn't do
it to gain a "well-rounded" player. They needed some offensive punch and they
most certainly got more than their money's worth until Canseco went down with
his injury. In fact, they are so pleased with his production that they recently
gave him a two-year contract extension. They could care less if he couldn't
catch a beach ball. The DH rule gives the Devil Rays three advantages that
National League teams would not have. First, they gain Canseco's bat every day
without sacrificing their defense. Second, they can play another hitter in the
outfield who is also a better fielder. Third, they don't have the automatic out
in the 9th spot in the batting order. Three big plusses and absolutely no
minuses. What's not to like and how would baseball be better off without this?
My arguments aren't simply an "American League perspective". They are from the
perspective of a lifelong baseball fan who has been a fan since years before the
DH rule was introduced.