7 National League Teams That Could Benefit Most From a Universal DH

Jordan Cohn
May 11, 2020 - 4:16 pm

With MLB desperately trying to come to an agreement with the union on a plan for the 2020 season, there are a number of fascinating proposals that could be included that have to do with changing the rules.

We've heard ideas of some of the possible rule changes being floated around, including an extra innings modification that would add a runner on second to the start of each half inning, multiple methods to improve the pace of play, and even an extra innings home run derby -- though that one has been called "not too likely" to come to fruition by our MLB insider Jon Heyman.

But speculation has been swirling around one rule change for years, and 2020 will finally be the year that it goes into action, should the union accept the proposal presented by the league. That rule, of course, is a universal designated hitter, so that the National League will also add an extra position player to the lineup while taking out the pitcher.

With Heyman's recent announcement that the league's owners have approved a plan to take to the union on Tuesday, several fans seem confident that the universal DH is one of the many interesting proposals that make up the plan. And while some traditionalists aren't too pleased with the idea, there are also several national league teams that are licking their chops at the opportunity to install a DH slot into their lineups.

Which teams are the ones that would gain the most from adding a DH? Let's take a look.

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