Verlander wants DH abolished to create 'even playing field'

Posted On: Jul 17, 2018   |   Posted By: TheScore

Justin Verlander has spent his entire career facing designated hitters, and he'd rather not see any more of them going forward. In an interview with Bob Nightengale of USA Today , the Houston Astros ace revealed himself to be an advocate for the removal of the DH in the American League. "I would take the DH out, even though I know the National League is talking about implementing the designated hitter," Verlander said. "For my pitching purposes, it's fun to face guys like me who can't hit. But I do think, for instance when we were in the World Series, the Houston Astros are playing the Dodgers, when we are at Dodger Stadium, we were a little behind. We were not used to hitting, bunting and things like that." The AL adopted the DH in 1973, but the Senior Circuit has continued to have pitchers bat for themselves at National League parks. Although the NL has resisted adopting the position for decades, calls for the adoption of a universal DH have grown louder of late, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred even noted...

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