The Philadelphia Phillies have been on a magical run since the start of the postseason.
They eliminated the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card Series, defeated the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, and knocked out the San Diego Padres in the NLCS.
They now find themselves ahead 2-1 in the World Series and two wins away from their first title since 2008.
But it might not have been that way if not for the universal designated hitter that was added in the new CBA.
Bryce Harper, who has been the Phillies’ best hitter this year, tore his UCL and was limited to DH duties in order to keep playing, which would not have been an option if the universal DH was not in play, as one analyst points out on Twitter.
That Bryce Harper moment, courtesy of the universal DH
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) November 2, 2022
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The Phillies are certainly lucky that the universal DH is in play this year.
Fortunately, Harper’s injuries were not so severe that he couldn’t hit.
His arm in right field would have been compromised.
In that case, Harper would likely have been out for the remainder of the season after suffering the UCL injury.
Thankfully for the Phillies, new rules were agreed upon.
Without them, the Phillies would not still be playing.
Harper’s injury might have been the kiss of death for them.
But since the DH is used in the National League these days, the Phillies still had use for Harper.
And his bat has been red-hot this postseason.
He hit his sixth home run of the postseason last night.
None of this would be possible without the universal DH.