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Outside The Confines: Are we destined for the universal DH?

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Some of the 2020 rule changes are likely here to stay.

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If you had a chance to pick which rule changes for the abbreviated 2020 season would stick around, which would you choose? A runner on second in extra innings? Seven-inning double-headers? Three-batter minimum?

What about the universal designated hitter?

Of all the topics to circulate as a potential change in future MLB seasons, the one people have held to the strongest is the notion of keeping the DH out of the National League. As both teams were forced to embrace the DH in 2020 what was saw was... well... not much impact. Sure, we saw fewer pitcher strikeouts, that’s for sure, but it didn’t rock the boat by any means.

So as we approach planning for the 2021 season, however that might look, people are wondering which of the new rule changes are here to stay, and it seems quite likely that the universal DH is one of them. What did you think about its use in 2020?

Now let’s jump into this week’s links.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.