Saturday, May 21, 2011

Why I Hate Interleague Play

As my dozens (and dozens!) of Twitter followers know, I despise the designated hitter, and American League baseball altogether. I despise it because it is not baseball. Its communism. It is the Dark Side.

Designated hitters are not baseball players. They are exactly what their name implies, hitters. They have uniforms, are issued numbers, collect paychecks, chew tobacco, grab their crotches, and have even been spotted playing pepper despite multiple signs ordering them not to; however, they are not baseball players. Baseball players catch pop-ups, commit errors, and field tough hops. Anybody who can go months on end without touching a baseball glove is not a baseball player.

The designated hitter is a slippery slope. It allows players who can only excel in one portion of the game to compete with well rounded, complete baseball players. Its comparable to Usain Bolt being signed as a designated runner. The beauty of the sport is that one person has to be able to play both offense and defense to be a great player, and the DH defeats that.

Its also why I hate interleague play. The novelty has worn off, and with the chance of it sounding like sour grapes, it is not fair. National League teams do not keep players on their roster just to hit. NL bench players are defensive replacements for the late innings or at the very least could have to play the field on a weekly basis. The teams simply do not need to have nine everyday hitters on their roster. When the teams play in the National League parks, the playing field is level, both teams slotting a pitcher who probably can't hit. However, when playing with the DH, AL teams have a decided advantage.

So, that's it. My rant for the Subway Series and interleague play. Let's Go Mets and such.