Despite rumors that the NL could institute the DH as early as the 2021 season, the Phillies are already well-equipped with several players who would thrive.
The game of baseball is in a constant state of change.
Several new rules will be introduced in the upcoming season, which is less than two months away. Among them, injured list stints for pitchers increasing from a minimum of 10 days to 15, and active rosters expanding to 26 spots, while September rosters decrease from 40 to 28 spots.
Also, there is a new requirement for relief pitchers to either finish the half-inning, or face a minimum of three batters.
The new season as not even begun, yet there is already reported speculation of even more aspects of the game being adjusted, potentially as early as 2021. One being, according to baseball scribe Jim Bowden, is to institute the designated hitter to the National League.
Bowden tweeted Monday morning that there is “growing belief” among National League general managers that the designated hitter will come to the National League “as early as 2021.”
While the DH is not in the immediate future for the Phillies under new manager Joe Girardi, surely they have already thought on how they would adjust to the new style of game play, and just who might assume the role.
Click below to see three Phillies who would benefit being the team’s everyday designated hitter come Opening Day 2021.