DH on average hit slightly worse than 3B, worse than LF, worse than RF, worse than 1B. So it isn't even an offensive position at this point. It is a place to platoon young guys or to extend the career of a fading old fart or to ease an injured guy back into the lineup or to hide a particularly terrible fielder but usually not a great hitter. I do agree the key is to keep the same rules in both leagues since interleague will be such a big deal starting next season. The big reason to have the DH is to keep your players healthy and that has to be the top priority of all sports imo.
On a personal level I find the game grinds to a halt when the SP is up. I get the arguments that it adds strategy but lets be honest, pitchers just don't get enough ABs to keep in hitting shape these days at this level. Watching pitchers hit just makes the game boring for me personally because 95% of them aren't capable of doing it, they are praying to get lucky and put the ball in play and bounce it into a hole. It isn't entertaining in any way. So you are trading the entertainment of the strategy for the entertainment of seeing a real hitter.
Except the pitcher doesn't really go any longer in the AL than they do in the NL. AL teams on average get about 15 innings more out of their starters than an NL team does (or about 1% more innings).
This is certainly true and mostly because it is pretty rare for the NL pitcher to come up in a situation where PH for him actually changes anything. It happens like one time per week and the rest of the time the 'strategy' just doesn't matter.
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