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Is it finally the end for the DH?

On the agenda at the owners meetings in Arizona is a discussion about if it is time to end the use of the designated hitter in the American League.

And, while that is music to the ears of many National League fans who would like to see the American League return to baseball's roots, it's unfortunately more likely the senior circuit will eventually adopt the DH than that it will be eliminated altogether.

The MLB Players Association would fight any attempt to get rid of the designated hitter tooth and nail because so many over the hill players would be out of jobs if they had to be able pull their weight in the field.

With that in mind, it's probably better that American League fans are allowed to continue to miss out of on the beauty of the game the way it was meant to be played. Sacrifices, double switches, managers pulling out their hair over whether to take out their pitcher in a tie game with two on and two out in the seventh... They can have their version of the game and National League fans can have ours.

The only way I can see out of this mess is an expansion of MLB rosters to allow 26 players. That way, owners can argue that over the hill sluggers won't be phased out because at least they can be kept on as pinch hitters without compromising the rest of the roster. But the truth is that teams aren't going to pay a pinch hitter who can't play the field anything close to what they would pay someone to pay 500 or more at bats as a DH.