What's going on goombahs.
On Wednesday I saw the 5 new rules proposed to the MLBPA by Commissioner Bud Selig and the rules committee and it lit my fire.
So here's my first blog:
One of the major points of emphasis was the possible installation of the designated hitter to the National League. Effectively bringing a halt to the endless excitement that a Jon Lester home run brings to my heart.
To be honest, I wouldn't mind seeing the DH made universal in baseball. It would be great for the longevity of major league hitters. NL Catchers would have a have the luxury of being the DH on their day off instead of being forced to sit the bench. Older players who can still mash would have their opportunity for employment doubled with this rule change. It would also make it easier for the Angel's to get rid of Albert Pujols and his albatross of a contract.
Now I get it hardos, having a pitcher hit does add strategy to a game, but it may be time to have them focus all of their talents on throwing the ball. Cubs fans will remember last year when Pedro Strop got his first opportunity to swing the stick, he pulled his hamstring bad enough to sideline him for the last 3 weeks of the season. Was it avoidable? Of course. Joe Maddon could have pinch hit for Strop, but he didn't. The point I'm making is the DH would eliminate dumb stuff like this from happening to pitchers.
The two sides have also discussed doing away with waiver trades after the All-Star break and moving the non-waiver trade deadline before the mid-summer classic. I am not opposed to eliminating the waiver trade deadline, mostly because it confuses the hell out of me.
For those who don't know, after the non-waiver trade deadline right after the All-Star game teams can still trade players by waivers.
So a team puts a player on waivers, and all 30 teams have a chance to claim the player. Once a team does place a claim, trade can only be worked out between those 2 teams. There are more details to it like revocable and non-revocable waivers, but that's for another blog. You might remember last summer the Cubs acquired Daniel Murphy from Washington via waiver trade.