Discussion of the designated hitter coming to the National League has been ramped up the past few days, as it tends to do during the doldrums that is the late January baseball offseason. This offseason the discussion was more passionate than ever after Commissioner Manfred mentioned that the DH in the NL might be gaining momentum during owners' meetings. Now, a few days later, Manfred appears to be somewhat recanting that statement. Per interview with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN:
"The most likely result on the designated hitter for the foreseeable future is the status quo," Manfred said in an interview with ESPN.com in conjunction with his one-year anniversary as commissioner. "I think the vast majority of clubs in the National League want to stay where they are."
So while the interest in the DH may be growing, it will still be a big change for baseball, one it may not be ready to make.
Not just yet, anyway.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says no foreseeable change to designated hitter rule coming | ESPN
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