Universal DH Coming Because Rob Manfred Is Clueless
It seems the only thing MLB and the MLBPA could agree upon is the universal DH. Of course the one thing they can agree upon is the one thing which does nothing to help baseball.
The DH will not increase fan interest. It will not correlate with higher ratings or ticket sales. We know that because the AL regularly trails the NL in ratings and attendance.
We will see no appreciable increase in offense. It was the case in 2019, and it was the case again in 2021. The NL averaged 4.46 runs/game, and the AL averaged 4.60. That’s 4-5 runs per game with or without a DH.
Pitchers also got injured pitching because that’s how pitchers get hurt. Sure, someone will bring up the extraordinarily rare example and make it out to be the case across every pitcher for every team.
In the end, the universal DH will not increase fan interest, runs/game, or limit pitcher injuries. However, it will anger and annoy a core of diehard fans who love baseball the way it should be played.
That makes this a typical Rob Manfred decision.