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REPLY #5 TO
"DESIGNATED HITTER"



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(R) I think that the designated hitter is a good idea and it correlates with the statement you made in your essay about the special rules that apply to the players with whom the game rests. I think that to remove the designated hitter would also remove some very good pitchers from the field because they either can't hit well, could get injured by swinging too hard, or by getting hit.
(MB) It makes even more sense in these days of more highly-paid and seemingly more-easily injured pitchers. It must make a general manager cringe to see his multi-millionaire free-agent pitcher with the long-term contract go up to take his feeble cuts and get buzzed by a 90+ mph fastball. I can't imagine how this spectacle is supposed to "improve" the game.

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