To DH or Not To DH, That is The Cubs Question and a Wrigley Rain Out

Wrigley Field

Yesterday’s game was rained out due to weather.  So, American League vs National League? I mentioned before that I wasn’t a big fan of interleague match ups. I don’t like them because baseball is such a unique game that when the World Series comes around, the opportunity and challenge of the championship lies in the fact that we have two teams that haven’t played each other and folks, that presents a World Series of obstacles.

It makes for great baseball.

As for the difference between the two leagues?

“It’s just the National League game itself,” Maddon said. “There’s so much more to think about. And if you want to really get fans engaged, I would like to believe the strategy of a National League game exceeds that of the American League game.”

I’ve never been a big American League fan. The DH position doesn’t bring the kind of excitement I like in the game. Unless of course, your name is David Ortiz. He can be a game changer, don’t you think?

In fact, the Toronto Blue Jays were never a favourite team of mine. I always preferred the Montreal Expos to the Hog Town Jays.    There’s a lot to get excited about  the possible return of the franchise. It’s been over a decade since the team left and it’ll be awesome to come back.

Besides, I’d be able to go see a lot more Cubs games.

When Commissioner Manfred spoke to Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, he wanted to make sure that the market was there.

“I want Montreal to gain back a team eventually, but I wanted to open a channel. I clearly wanted to show that it’s not just about gaining back a team – it’s about how can we get baseball back to Montreal?” Manfred said.

The one thing I hope doesn’t happen if Montreal comes back is that the National adopting a DH rule. Call me a purist, but I love change however, this would not be the change I want. In my opinion, there’s more skill in the National League. Joe Maddon’s proved that by getting the pitcher to bat in the different order.

“I’ve always thought I liked [having the pitcher bat], and I do,” Maddon said. “The DH is a really difficult position to acquire, a really good one. It’s normally a really expensive position. And there’s not many guys that could sit around for a half hour or whatever and give you a really good at-bat on a nightly basis.”

Believe it

7 comments

  1. craig · May 31, 2015

    Couldn’t agree more…. with video replays creeping into the game we really need to cling to the purity.

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    • Mark Gauthier · May 31, 2015

      At first, I liked Video replay. It was needed and like other sports it’s invaluable, but when it comes to baseball, it’s a different beast altogether. The magic of baseball is in it’s purity. Ted Williams, Ruth, Dimaggio, Banks and all the greats didn’t have replay and look what they accomplished? I love arguing a call and knowing that it can’t be changed. At first I thought it was cool, but the experiment has passed. As for the DH? Williams, Ruth and those same greats probably would have been a DH given the chance and that wouldn’t have been good. I believe that every player should play a position. To me, a DH might as well be in a batting cage. Save the power hitting for the Home Run Derby. In fact, getting rid of the DH could make the Home Run Derby that much more special.

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  2. Compwhiz 3001 · May 31, 2015

    What would an MLB stadium built with a max capacity of 5,000 look like?

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    • Mark Gauthier · May 31, 2015

      The Big O is a dump and to tell you the truth, the Rogers Centre isn’t much better. 45000-50000 stadium is what’s needed in Montreal

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      • Compwhiz 3001 · May 31, 2015

        Didn’t the Expos struggle to break 20,000? Was it just that Olympic Stadium was so awful? I never got the impression Montreal was a baseball town that could sustain an MLB team. But maybe there is a latent fan base, now a decade out, willing to support a club done right.

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      • Mark Gauthier · May 31, 2015

        Yeah, the Expos struggled because of bad teams, being robbed in 1994 and the Big O was just brutal. Astro turf caused Andre Dawson to bolt for Chicago(to everyone’s delight). Plus, it’s on an island even though Montreal is an island, it’s a little way out. They need to put the stadium in the downtown core. There’s definitely a market there. Another reason was the owners bailed on the team which isn’t a great vote of confidence. It’ll be really good if they came back. Another place that’s in need of a baseball team would be Vancouver. A great rivalry between Seattle and a huge Asian population would contribute. MLB should look into that market.

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  3. Minoring In Baseball · June 1, 2015

    I’m sure I’m in the minority, but I just think it’s time for the DH in both leagues. There’s so much money involved in pitchers, having them injured while hitting doesn’t make much sense. It also give the NL a huge advantage in the World Series every year. It might not be a popular opinion, but it is what it is. Most minor league teams use a DH also, even the NL affiliates.
    I would like to see baseball back in Montreal. I miss the old Expos uniforms, too!. Vancouver would be a good pick, also, as it’s home to the ONLY affiliated minor league team in Canada.
    -Mike

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