Baseball’s Crime against Humility

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Chad Ogea singles in two runs on a bases loaded hit in the second inning against the Florida Marlins in Game Six of the 1997 World Series. (Mike Blake/Reuters)
If the National League adopts the designated-hitter rule, there goes the art of the sacrifice bunt.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE A s America’s national pastime approaches its season finale, rumor has it that Major League Baseball may inflict the ultimate, unthinkable indignity on the dwindling ranks of sports traditionalists: bringing the designated hitter to the National League. The designated hitter, or DH, hits for the pitcher, who is typically less offensively skilled, and began in the American League in 1973 in an effort to boost attendance and scoring — not a crazy idea for professional soccer. This innovation divided baseball devotees, who found themselves on either side of a chasm as wide as that between Catholics and Protestants, Sunnis and Shiites,


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