aardvarks wrote:not to mention they treat there 8 hole hitters like they're Babe Ruth
I'll assume you're talking about NL teams, and If so, nothing could be further from the truth.
These are clearly the words of somebody who doesn't watch NL games. Early in a game you may walk an 8 hitter to get to the pitcher if you fall behind. Later in a game, getting the 8 hitter out, especially if there's 2 outs, is monumental. It's the difference, sometimes, between whether or not a SP gets to pitch another inning (he isn't pinch hit for) in the game or if you get to face the bullpen the next time you bat.
I'll be fine with letting pitchers not hit because they suck at it when I don't have to watch players like Mark Reynolds field.
This is without even considering the likelihood of the increase between 'haves' and 'have nots' or 'big market' vs. 'small market' as teams with a DH are forced to pay an additional player a 'full-time starter' salary, as they start 10 players per game instead of 9. This is one of the underlying reasons of the huge disparity in the American League between teams who spend and teams who don't.