The funny part about the rule changes instituted in 2020 is that they might not be a part of the plans for the future. The Dodgers certainly understand the frustrations of that being a National League team.
The universal designated hitter was one of the biggest changes coming to the NL, along with a few of those other quirky rules. Planning for 2020 was on incredibly short notice though, and only those teams who happened to have a slugger in their organization were at an advantage with the new rule. The Dodgers were sort of one of those teams, though it didn’t show in the stat line.
As it turns out, no one really knows what’s going to happen in 2021 either. That includes Dodgers President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. Speaking with MLB Network Radio, he admitted that there was too much uncertainty to know how to prepare. But as he sees it, the plan is to assume that there will not be a universal DH next season.
I think it’s hard to prepare for that. I think it’s going to make roster construction a little trickier for National League teams because I think as of now, we have to assume that there will not be[a universal DH]. But obviously, things can change, and there’s so much kind of up in the air right now.
American League teams have a little bit of an advantage in terms of the uncertainty. The AL will have the DH no matter what, so they can prepare their rosters accordingly. Teams from the NL adding a big bat that cannot play the field could prove to be detrimental should the rule revert back to pre-2020 rules. That being said, the Dodgers probably weren’t going to add a bat that can’t play the field anyway.
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