Tomorrow I will be heading to Brooksville, Florida (about 30 miles north of Tampa), so I won’t be posting any rants over the weekend. Every year I go there to visit with my nephew and his wife and to attend three inter-league baseball games between the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg. I’ll be returning home on Monday. They come to stay with me for the three games the teams play in Miami. This year those games will be played the following weekend.
Although I thoroughly enjoy the time we spend together on these visits, I hate watching the games there. Tampa Bay is in the American League, and since they are the home team the games there are played by American League rules. They use the Designated Hitter (DH). The DH is an abomination – every bit as evil as permitting offensive, defensive and special teams in football.
When God invented team sports He intended that each player participate in all aspects of the games. In baseball, His most holy sporting creation, He determined that every person who played in the game must be prepared to throw and catch the ball, field, hit and run the bases. And, if for any reason it is determined that he should not be permitted to continue to do so, he must depart the game and not return to participate in any other aspect of the game.
The establishment of the DH, an act of most vile and evil men in violation of holy intent, adds an additional participant to each team and sets apart two of them as specialists. Pitchers don’t have to bat or run the bases. When their team is at bat they can take a nap, read a book or check out the women in the stands. On the mound they can throw at opposing batters without fear of retaliation. Unfortunately, their teammates have to worry, because they have to bat. The DH has to get up off his butt only four times in a game on average. The rest of the game he can knit a sweater, or munch on snacks in the locker room. Most of them either have such minimal skills in other phases of the game that their managers wouldn’t trust them on the playing field, or they are so old that their skills have deteriorated to the extent that they would be unable to perform. In their roles in the American League neither the pitchers nor the Designated Hitters are baseball players.
Even worse, the use of a DH has brought about the almost total removal of strategy to the game, and the diminution of playing opportunities for non-regular position players. It has turned one of God’s greatest creations into a total bore. The American League does not play Baseball – it plays ‘Snoreball’.