UCB Roundtable: The Designated Hitter and Perpetual Interleague Play
February brings Spring Training, baseball games, and baseball discussions back into the forefront of our minds. Meanwhile, every February the United Cardinal Bloggers host their first roundtable discussions of the year.
The premise is simple, one writer asks a question and the other writers from around the UCB get a chance to answer with their thoughts about the St. Louis Cardinals. This continues from day to day for three weeks and concludes with a question from the man himself, Daniel Shoptaw. You can follow along over at the official UCB site by clicking here.
This year, i70baseball was tapped on the shoulder to open the discussions up. The question I posed to the group centered around the changes in baseball this year:
This year, Major League Baseball will engage in perpetual interleague play. For the first time, interleague games will be played throughout the season, taking away the ability to adjust rosters based off of new requirements. No longer can the Cardinals send a pitcher out for the week to pick up an extra bat.
With players like Carlos Beltran and Rafael Furcal, the DH has been used often in the past as a way to get a veteran an extra “day off” without losing his production in the lineup. Some players are uncomfortable with the routine of a DH, sitting and effectively pinch hitting three of four times a game, and would prefer to be more involved.
So the question is this:
Will perpetual interleague play help or harm the Cardinals this season? Why do you feel the way you do?
The answers are displayed in the slide show below, with the author’s site logo being displayed with their answer. Please take the time to look through all of the answers and visit the various author’s websites to read through the various voices of the UCB.
Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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