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SB Nation Reacts: The universal DH is becoming more popular

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Here are the results of the latest national survey.

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Chicago Cubs fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.


We’ve talked about the universal DH quite a bit on this site; now, here are the results of the SB Nation Reacts national survey of baseball fans on that topic.

Last season, among the many other changes to the shortened season, every team in MLB featured a designated hitter for the first time in league history. But that decision was effective just for the 2020 season. Many thought it would be continued for 2021, but it has yet to be decided one way or the other if the DH would also be used for the 2021 season or any other future season. Free agent DH’s like Nelson Cruz (pictured) and Marcell Ozuna haven’t been signed yet, in part due to this uncertainty.

While the universal DH has been a hot topic for years, fans of both National and American League teams appear to be coming to the same conclusion — the era of hitting pitchers should end. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, nearly three-fourths of fans want the universal DH for the 2021 season. Two-thirds of fans want it in place permanently.

Despite the majority opinion growing in favor of the universal DH, people continue to have strong positions on one side or the other. One of the most-used arguments in favor of allowing pitchers to hit is “strategy” — the managerial decisions and in-game adjustments needed late in NL games.

According to the survey, while a clear majority would rather see consistent offense over double-switches and late-game adjustments, that split is closer to 50-50.

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