Christina Kharl of ESPN.com on the Astros moving to the AL:
The argument from the players’ perspective for keeping the DH has always been about compensation — in the abstract, they’re protecting the interests of 14 jobs open to well-paid veteran players. But who are today’s DHs? Not Jorge Posada, he just lost his gig in New York. And not Jim Thome — he risked a move back to the NL. Are we really down to just David Ortiz as the lone example of a DH who lives up to the name? OK, there’s also Billy Butler in Kansas City.
The argument is a good one. The DH isn’t so much as a regular position as much as it is a place to hide aging veterans (Posada), the occasionaly no-glove/all-hit guy (Butler) or to rest guys without losing their bat.
As the fan of an AL team, I really don’t care all that much. I do find the strategy required when the pitcher is batting to be a boost, so I definitely wouldn’t mind the demise of the DH.