Dave Dombrowski Talks About the DH Potentially Coming to the National League in 2022
Another day, another Dave Dombrowski press conference. The potential addition of the designated hitter in the National League for the 2022 season has not been decided on yet. The decision will most likely be added to the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was being talked about and negotiated this week.
Dave Dombrowski talked about the DH, and although they don’t know if the rule will be put in place, the team already has a plan on how to go about the position.
“DH by committee…..We like the idea of not having a full-time DH and moving people in there…It doesn’t really affect us as much as other teams throughout the NL. JT can use those rest days as DH. Bryce Harper can use those rest days as DH as well. For our club, we think it fits best the way we are to do that.”
There’s been a huge debate over the years about the difference between the AL and NL, where the American League has the everyday DH, and the National League still has the pitcher hit for himself. There are times where I want the DH in the national league, and there are other times I don’t. I’m all for an evening out of the league as much as possible, but nothing gets me going more than a great sacrifice bunt from a pitcher.
The Phillies, like Dave Dombrowski said above, would have multiple players that would fill that DH spot. If Bryson Stott emerges from the minor leagues and finds himself at shortstop this season for the Phillies, Didi Gregorius could be primarily used in the DH spot. It’s also nice to have when JT Realmuto or Bryce Harper are needed in the lineup but need a break from being on the field. Take it a step further and look at the defensive liabilities on the corners with Bohm and Hoskins, and the Phillies could make great use of a designated hitter in the National League.
We’re getting into one of the most crucial off-seasons in Phillies history. Decisions are being made in hopes to upgrading the roster, and Dave Dombrowski is about to tackle his first full winter as President of Baseball Operations for the Phillies. Although we don’t know the full details about the NL DH, we now know the opinions and thoughts of the man in charge.
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