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Selig wants to use the DH in NL park, pitcher batting in AL parks in interleague

Jul 10, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

Bud Selig Reuters

“Because I can, that’s why. I’m Bud Selig!”what I am imagining Selig saying in this picture every single time I use it.

Anyway: wanna know why I have whiplash right now? Because after listening to Bud Selig and Joe Torre talk about how one must not tinker with baseball tradition and how it’s all fine and no innovations are needed when it comes to replay, he whipped out an idea that seems like pure gimmickry for gimmickry’s sake: using the DH in NL parks and the pitcher hitting in AL parks during interleague games.

Selig says he “likes” this idea and that he’s going to discuss the matter with Joe Torre in the offseason.

This seems kinda nuts to me. Because if there is one thing NL and AL fans agree on, it’s that the other league’s system is awful.  Inflicting pitchers hitting on AL fans and the DH on NL fans is the baseball equivalent of making a kid take castor oil. Except it won’t serve even the thinnest medicinal uses in baseball’s case.

Earlier, Joe Torre’s reason for not wanting to tinker with replay is because there’s no need to constantly try to make things perfect. Given that he and his boss seem interested in screwing around like this for no good reason, at least he’s walking the walk in terms of not wanting to improve things.

  1. plymouth11 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Selig’s supposed success as commissioner is solely based on the huge attendance increases during the steroids era. The only thing positive is interleague play. Deciding the post season based on the all-star game is gimmicky. A better way would be to just tally the collective interleague win-loss record and league with most gets it. And the final blow for selig – with next year presenting at least one interleague series at all times he could abolish the antiquated notion of pitchers batting forever. Will he?

  2. proudliberal85392 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    I’m convinced Selig comes up with this stuff after undergoing sleep depravation. If there’s some stupid idea to further wreck baseball, this clown will eventually propose it. Time to go write your book now, Bud.

  3. cereal blogger - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Not surprising, he’s an idiot

    • gmsingh - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Here’s my suggestion for Uncle Bud: have the winner of the All Star game get an extra wild card team. The math doesn’t really work out, but it should be great for ratings!

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