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Old 02-20-2020, 08:36 PM   #1
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Expanded Designated Hitter Options

This certainly isn't a deal-breaker, but how about seeing some new options for the designated hitter? Right now it's either on or off, which is all we've seen in any pro league...but other options have been proposed by writers or coaches. There's Tom Trebelhorn's "designated pinch hitter": a bench player who can pinch hit four times a game, no more than once in the same inning. There's the "buddy DH", who you have to remove when you remove the pitcher. There's my personal favorite, the "one-and-done" DH - basically, you can send in a pinch hitter for the pitcher and keep the pitcher in the game, but the hitter is done for the game and can't come back in. (That introduces some strategy...save the "DHs" for late in the game, or use them up and risk having to bat a pitcher in extra innings?) There might be a few other options as well, but these are the ones I've seen discussed.

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The other piece would be to allow the DH to be set for any spot in the lineup. For example if you have a good hitting pitcher you may want to DH for the weak hitting SS. Similarly some college rules would allow you to be both the pitcher and the DH... meaning that you can be removed from the game as a pitcher, but still be in the lineup as a DH.
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Let's not make OOTP worse before MLB does it for us.
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