If you haven’t already heard, Hank Steinbrenner, the big cheese in charge of the Yankees, has placed the blame for Chien Ming Wang’s foot injury on the National League’s lack of a DH rule. In his comments, Steinbrenner claims that the NL needs to “grow up” and “join the 21st Century”.
Grow up?! Has he lost his mind?!?!?! Is there anything more childish than whining about the rules, especially after the fact? If Hank really needs to blame someone, how about blaming his coaching staff or his lazy pitchers! Every four year old boy in the country can run around the bases without injuring themselves. Chien Ming Wang is a professional athlete.
The lack of a DH is what makes the National League the most exciting brand of baseball in the entire world. It is pure, traditional baseball the way the game was designed to be played. It makes managerial decisions far more critical than in the American League, and increases the value of the players on the bench dramatically. It forces all players on an NL roster to be well-rounded athletes. In a way, the DH “dumbs down” the game. The level of strategy employed by the managers in the senior circuit is far more complicated to their AL counterparts. The NL game is far more cerebral and strategic. It’s the biggest reason why the NL is more of a “small ball” league. It also may be the reason why the NL has enjoyed more parity than the AL in recent years; the outcome of the games are not only dependant on the skill of the players, but the decision making by the managers. It would be an unmitigated tragedy if the NL added the DH.
I am not saying that the DH should leave the American League, not in the least. The DH has prolonged the careers of many older sluggers. Imagine the backlash the owners would recieve from the MLBPA if they even considered removing the DH. The DH also is the only real distinction between the American and National Leagues that remains. It is clear that the DH is here to stay. To sum up, keeping the rules the way they are is by far the best scenario.
Bottom line, Hank needs to realise that the world does not revolve around the Yankees. He should be more concerned by the fact that his 26 time World Series Champions are currently behind the Artists Formerly Known as the Devil Rays in the AL East standings instead of trying to change the rules for his benefit. Although the Yankees organization clearly disagrees, there is no hierarchy or caste system of teams in Major League Baseball. Nobody likes a sore loser, and we don’t need another reason to hate the Yankees.
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