Former MLB Manager Jim Leyland Wants Universal Rules For DH

Jim Leyland is all for adding the DH to the National League; he's also OK with getting rid of it altogether

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 10:15 am

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The DH has been a staple of the American League since 1973, and it could soon come to National League ball parks near you. Indeed, despite opposition from baseball purists, the tide is trending toward a universal DH. 

“I’m all for that,” World Series champion and three-time Manager of the Year Jim Leyland said on Taz & The Moose. “I think we should be synchronized. I think both leagues should have the same rule, whatever that may be. I think that’s very important. I’ve also thought it might be a good idea if they don’t change the DH to the National League and maybe reverse it. In other words, when the National League goes to the American League, have the pitchers hit, and when the American League goes to the National League, use the DH. That way, the fans could see the different baseball in each league instead of having it the way it is. So maybe just a slight adjustment if you don’t get rid of it.”

And Leyland, by the way, would be okay with that, too. He supports universal rules across all of baseball.

“I’m all for getting rid of it, to be honest with you,” he said. “I think we should be synchronized in both leagues.”

Leyland, 73, also weighed in on pace of play. He thinks the issue has been a tad overblown.

“Yeah, I think so,” Leyland said. “I think it’s been a little bit better. I think there are some things that you’d like to perk it up a little bit, but at the same time, I think a lot of times if you got action going, I don’t think people mind the time of the game. A baseball game is kind of like a movie. If it’s a good movie, you don’t mind if it’s a little long; if it’s a bad movie, you leave early.

“I think you got to use common sense,” Leyland continued. “You want to make sure that the players aren’t pressed into rushing and hurrying up so much that it affects their approach and stuff like that. Now are some guys very slow getting into he box and very methodical? Yes, and I think it would be good to perk that up a little bit. I think the commissioner’s done a good job with that, maybe getting the point across. I think the pitching, the visits to the mound, has helped some. I don’t think there’s any question about that. So I think all in all, it’s worked pretty well.”