Wednesday, March 09, 2005

NL Teams using the DH in home games

Why don't they just change the rules even more and use "ghost runners"?

The Cincinnati Reds were given permission last weekend to use a DH in five home games starting Thursday so that Ken Griffey Jr. can bat without playing the field. In spring training, the DH usually is used only at the home parks of American League teams.

The Giants GM wants Bonds to be a DH too.
"After I read that the Reds had approached MLB on this issue and were granted approval, I decided to call MLB myself and ask that Barry be accorded the same privilege while he recovers from his knee surgery," Giants assistant general manager Ned Colletti said. "What MLB told me was that as long as we offered the visiting team the same opportunity to use a DH during one of our home games and contacted MLB before we do it, it would be OK.

"I can't imagine a team saying no to this," Colletti said. "They would have the same opportunity to give a batter at-bats using the DH rule."


At 10:41 AM, Anonymous Kev said...

It's just spring training dude. Who cares right?

At 10:47 AM, Blogger Dex said...

Trudat. I say let them play different defenses and offenses. They let Garth Brooks play in spring training. They're obviously not worried about the integrity of the game.

At 11:00 AM, Blogger jbox said...

Which is exactly why I suggest they use ghost runners. Nobody wants to stand out on the bases that long.

Garth Brooks playing for the Pads was a real low moment in Padres baseball. Well that and the whole Ruben Rivera playing center field.

At 11:05 AM, Blogger Dex said...

Here's the trick though. If one team wants to actually play a realistic game, the other team has to let them. So any rules that don't actually change the basics of the game I think would be fine. Ghost runners would be a step away from a team saying they don't want to field a team at all.


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