Designated Stupidity

Last night during the later stages of the Yankees-Rockies affair, Michael Kay and Ken Singleton bantered about a possible change to the rules of interleague play.  Singleton suggested that in AL parks pitchers should bat, and that in NL parks the DH should be employed.  His argument was that this would expose fans to alternative rules, and both Singleton and Kay agreed that this was a very good idea, that it would (I paraphrase) "allow fans to decide which they liked better".  Maybe it was the thin air that brought this discussion on.  Maybe it was the play of Kay and Singleton’s beloved Yankees that drove them to lunacy.  So forget for the moment that most baseball fans don’t live in a vacuum and may know about the fact that in the NL pitchers bat and in the AL they don’t, and also forget for the moment that cable televison, satellite televison, the internets, and national saturation of baseball coverage gives fans access to broadcasts of games from both leagues, meaning that sheltered NL fans just might have seen that crazy thing called the "DH" in action, and that AL devotees just might have seen pitchers swing the lumber. 

So imagine the chagrin of paying customers who come to a Fenway game on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a game with the Braves, and suddenly realize that David Ortiz has been benched, that they might only see him as a pinch hitter if the need arises, that Julian Tavarez is taking cuts in BP, and that this has been done to give them the blessed opportunity to decide which rules "they like better".

Good thinking, guys.

16 comments… add one
  • Again, to borrow from the great movie Beautiful Girls…
    Retard Sandwiches.
    Yo-Yo Tavarez is fast becoming the most entertaining player on the Red Sox besides Manny.

    LocklandSF June 21, 2007, 11:49 am
  • Whoa whoa whoa….
    pitchers hitting?
    Crazy kids!

    walein June 21, 2007, 11:55 am
  • Michael Kay couldn’t be bothered considering that logic, he was too busy subscribing to the fallacy of the predetermined outcome.

    no sleep til brooklyn SF June 21, 2007, 1:07 pm
  • To be fair, I bet fans in NL cities would like to see Ortiz and other DH’s play in person.

    flarez June 21, 2007, 1:22 pm
  • I don’t say this because I’m a Sox fan, but Michael Kay is the most boring announcer this side of Dave Henderson. He and Singleton have NO chemistry in the booth. At least Scooter had personality. Michael Kay could put me to sleep while doing a play-by-play of a bomb explosion.

    jp-sf June 21, 2007, 1:36 pm
  • Here’s what I’d like to see.
    Every game in interleague, no matter what ballpark, should use the DH.
    It is entertaining to see AL pitchers bat, but the fact is that the NL and the AL aren’t playing the same sport. If the recent interleague records are any indication, the NL could use the boost the DH can give them.
    I’d like to claim that it’s unfair to make AL pitchers bat, but I don’t think anyone could take that seriously.

    Kazz June 21, 2007, 2:02 pm
  • Michael Kay also recently called a Clemens splitter “ridonkulous.” I think that says all it needs to about his credibility.
    Incidentally, I find it interesting that the NL-style is upheld as the purer form of baseball that has stayed the same through the centuries. A Beyond the Glory piece on the DH had a fun story that indicated the DH failed in the NL because one owner was fishing and couldn’t be reached by his representative to determine whether to approve the DH change. His rep voted no, and another team, which had said it would vote the same way this team would, also voted no. Those votes were the difference. Wish I could remember more of the details, but it seems pretty clear that when the AL voted for the DH, a majority of the NL also supported changing the rules. With the details of the voting mostly obscured, it’s easy to picture the pitcher-batter as an unimpeachable tenet of NL baseball when that’s not actually the case.

    Paul SF June 21, 2007, 2:11 pm
  • If the recent interleague records are any indication, the NL could use the boost the DH can give them.
    But this is a fallacy: NL teams do not carry a “true” DH, a la the Sox with Ortiz, or the Blue Jays with Frank Thomas, etc. The NL teams would still be at a pretty big disadvantage; the extra utlility player or pitcher just wouldn’t serve them nearly as much as the DH already on the AL team would serve that squad. Having the DH play in both parks during interleague play would still put the AL at a significant advantage.

    SF June 21, 2007, 2:16 pm
  • “when the AL voted for the DH, a majority of the NL also supported changing the rules”
    If this was the case, then I’m surprised that the issue wasn’t revisited, and the DH voted in.

    Andrews June 21, 2007, 2:49 pm
  • Paul: Where can I find the information you allude to regarding the vote for the DH (and which Andrews mentions above). I can’t find it and have done several searches.

    SF June 21, 2007, 2:56 pm
  • Like I said, it was on one of those FSN Behind the Glory (Beyond the Glory?) docs. I wish I could remember it better. Because it was one of those deals where teams told each other, “I’ll vote for it if you do,” the final vote didn’t turn out to be as close as otherwise indicated. I’ll see if I can’t find something…

    Paul SF June 21, 2007, 3:03 pm
  • It aired Sept. 18, but I can’t find a transcript or anything…

    Paul SF June 21, 2007, 3:22 pm
  • Slightly different, but according to this ESPN article, the NL actually approved the DH in 1940, and the AL nixed it.

    Paul SF June 21, 2007, 3:46 pm
  • Give Kay a break, he has the right to say whatever moronic thought that crosses through his big dopey head. Let’s not follow the gov’t down the path of censorship. After all, censorship is becoming America’s favorite past-time. The US gov’t (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like “America Deceived” from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever (especially for broadcasters with large craniums).
    Last link (before Stark County District Library caves to pressure and drops the title):

    Al June 22, 2007, 4:31 pm
  • Unintentional irony, the above comment being placed on a thread entitled, “Designated Stupidity.”

    Paul SF June 22, 2007, 4:53 pm
  • For the record, I think it’ll be interesting. As interesting as the interleague play anyhow.
    I actually does not support interleague, even after all these years. Especially the subway series. It kind of made the “real” Subway Series not as interesting as it could’ve been..

    Lar June 22, 2007, 5:06 pm

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