The Dodgers are probably one of the few National League teams that were entirely ready for the universal designated hitter. Unlike most teams, Los Angeles is stacked in their minor league system and their bench with power bats.
Despite that, it’s still difficult to shake the feeling of disappointment for baseball persists, myself included. Even Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts, who stands to benefit from the DH, feels a little disappointed. Doc was asked about his thoughts on the designated hitter and how he would feel if it became permanent.
Dave Roberts said he would be "disappointed" if baseball implements the universal DH beyond this season and we've seen our last pitcher hit.#Dodgers
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) July 9, 2020
The chances that we have seen our last game without a designated hitter is likely at this point. Even Dodgers pitchers have said that no one shows up to ballgames to watch them hit. But Roberts is sort of an old school coach in the sense that he played in the late 90s through 2008. So I guess as much as an old school ballplayer as he could be for a 48-year-old.
MLB decided to implement the universal DH this year as part of their deal with the Player’s Association to get baseball going. The thought this year is that it allows pitchers to focus on pitching and to avoid unnecessary risk for injury in a shortened season.