After the adoption of the universal DH in 2020, fans are now clamoring for the league to implement the position permanently in the National League. Reports surfaced on Monday, stating that Major League Baseball is telling teams to operate under the assumption that the DH will not exist in the NL next season. This sort of tone deafness after the change was widely celebrated, would be the epitome of baseball operations under the watch of commissioner Rob Manfred. The offseason is well over a month old and still we are discussing hypotheticals rather than dealing with concrete facts, and the rumored hypothetical is one that nobody supports.
The idea of transforming the league back into a place where pitchers are forced to bat is just asinine and unnecessary. Pitchers are already a liability from an injury perspective, and now they will have to bat again after not doing it for 18 months. Also, they are miserable to watch. Common sense will hopefully prevail, but at this point we can only hope.
The Braves have made significant moves at the Winter Meetings in years past. Mark Bowman examines the five biggest trades that were executed during these annual affairs.
Dick Allen was among the best power hitters in baseball in the 60’s and 70’s, carving out an impressive 15 year career. He passed away on Monday at the age of 78.
Sugano won the Sawamura Award as NPB’s top pitcher in 2017 and ‘18, and he went 14-2 with 131 strikeouts and a 1.97 ERA in 137 1/3 innings this year. In his eight-year NPB career, Sugano is 101-49 with a 2.32 ERA and 1,214 strikeouts in 1,360 innings.
One MLB scout said Monday that Sugano’s fastball has late action and typically ranges from 91-93 mph, topping out at 95. Sugano’s slider is known as his best secondary offering, and he also throws a forkball and changeup that can be above-average pitches.
The Reds shipped their closer to the Angels on Monday.
I was assuming this would be about Gabe Kapler, but no, it’s Tsuyoshi Shinjo.