Who needs ESPN when you have Mike Francesa?

Normally, I’ll write these posts using my personal opinions, the TV analysts’ opinions, and espn.com. Truthfully, I only use the website for a quote or two per post and for stats (because let’s face it, I can’t just pull stats outta my ass and use them as if they’re true). Since my internet connection went down this morning, I had to improvise a bit.

A friend recommended that I watch Mike Francesa on the YES channel from 1 pm to 6 pm on weekdays. Every time I listened to him on the radio, he seemed to argue with his callers on every single little detail, especially about the questions they asked. But when I watched his show, I realized that he really isn’t that bad of a guy. One particular topic he was discussing was the *possible* use of the DH in the National League (I’m talkin about baseball for all you non-baseball folks).

Although I don't like the Yankees, the YES channel overall is ok. Photo Cred toptenz.net

The NL will never agree to use the DH in interleague play, says Francesa. They won’t agree because in doing so the NL would “surrender” and basically say that the AL product is “better”. In addition, in the NL, you can just walk the 8th batter and strike out the pitcher to end the inning right? Not the case in the AL; they need to go through all 9 batters because the 9th hitter is decent compared to the pitcher. I agree with Mike; the NL and the AL will be split in that regard. Let’s just say for a moment that both agree to *not* use the DH. Any game you go to, you wouldn’t see the pitcher hit. So, ALL pitchers could just walk the 8th and get the pitcher out. That would make the game boring and repetitive. Therefore, by keeping the DH exclusive to the AL, the MLB creates diversity in their styles of play, which is always good. Nobody would go to see the Yankees if they played just like the Mets; everyone would go see the Mets because the tickets are 50% cheaper.

Just something to think about, till tomorrow morning,

The Sportz Guru

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Posted on June 29, 2011, in Baseball and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. There’s a money component in this as well. There’s a lot of DH-type players who make big cash. There’s no Adam Dunn, David Ortiz, or Vladimir Guerrero in the NL, and NL owners aren’t going to be in a hurry to shell out for another big contract.

    • footballnutz17

      Makes absolute sense, I should’ve mentioned that, yea, the NL owners don’t wanna pay big bucks for them, they’d rather just pay the pitcher his usual money and be done with it.

    • Yeah if they eliminated the DH the teams with the DH only players would be pretty mad, I think Papi makes close to $10M without looking it up, and eating that money would make any owner cringe…

  2. One of my favorite things about baseball is its unwavering tradition. I love the fact that there’s no DH in the NL even tho I wouldn’t mind them being able to have one during interleague

  3. man that was a very good article . thanks for mentioning me- that was nice. continue to watch francesca- he talks about good topics for ur blog.

  4. Francesa I always thought was annoying, especially when the show was called Mike and the Mad Dog and the show would literally go on for 6 hours EVERY DAY. Now that you mention it here as a good resource, I’ll try watching it, and who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind.

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