The universal DH rule has been revered as somewhat of a savior for certain players in Major League Baseball.
Fans could say the same.
No longer do we have to watch pitchers hit in the National League, with them being automatic outs more than half the time.
Now, teams have threats in their lineup from 1-9, or at least, the good teams do.
But it’s better to see an actual hitter at the plate as opposed to the pitcher.
Bryce Harper is somebody who is clearly benefiting from the new rule.
The Philadelphia Phillies‘ slugger and reigning NL MVP has a tear in his UCL.
In most cases, this would land a player on the IL, but not with Harper.
Bernie Pleskoff tweets that Harper will DH for the time being and receive a platelet-rich injection on Sunday.
@Phillies Bryce Harper has a torn UCL. He is not on the IL and will continue to DH-with the exception of Sunday and maybe into next week.. He will get a platelet-rich plasma injection this coming Sunday.
— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) May 12, 2022
Universal DH Becomes A Savior
Thank god for the DH, right?
It’s about time that baseball implemented the rule and clearly Harper is benefitting from it.
If it was not in place, then Harper would be on the Injured List and the Phillies would be without their best player for a decent amount of time.
However, a torn UCL isn’t stopping him, and the universal DH is his own personal savior.
Mostly everybody around the game knew that the universal DH would be greeted with a positive reaction.
There are some that claim to be purists who prefer that pitchers still hit in the NL.
But Harper is proving right now why the DH is a good thing for baseball and why it should be present in both leagues.
The DH is a welcome change for the game of baseball and helps move the game forward for the future.