National League to Adopt Designated Hitter Under MLB Return Proposal: Report

Dan Mennella
May 11, 2020 - 9:04 am
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The National League will reportedly use the designated hitter if baseball resumes in 2020.

NL teams would adopt the DH at their home ballparks for the first time in league history under the terms of a proposal that the league was scheduled to discuss with its 30 teams on Monday, according to the New York Post.

The thinking behind the plan is to lighten the burden for pitchers who will have to ramp up their arm workouts after their usual routine was derailed by the coronavirus hiatus, the report said.

The proposal for baseball's return could be put forth to the players' union as soon as Tuesday, The Athletic reported on Saturday.

Under the proposal, MLB teams would restart workouts in early or mid-June and then begin regular-season games in early or mid-July, the report said, and each team would play around 80 games.

The American League added the DH in 1973, but the NL did not. For interleague games beginning in 1997, the use of the DH was determined by which league the home team belonged to.

The difference has long been hotly contested by diehard and casual fans alike - how can one sports have two sets of rules?