Rob Manfred sat down with reporters today and addressed the upcoming CBA that will go into effect by 2017. Among topics already being discussed is the NL adopting the DH rule which Manfred says is gaining momentum.
It’s possible this is simply per-negotation posturing with the league pushing hard for something they really don’t care about only so they can trade it off later for something they actually do care about. However, it’s also possible the league really does want to go with an all-time DH. The increased use of inter-league play, coupled with the rise in pitcher injuries, rising salaries, and prolonged careers of players due to the DH, makes this proposal fairly logical. After all, we all knew it was only a matter of time before the DH would be fully implemented, as we know there’s no way we are getting rid of it, no matter how staunchly some fans may feel.