On Wednesday, it was reported by Jon Heyman of MLB Network that the proposal to enforce a ‘universal designated hitter’ across both the American League and National League would be accepted by the players.
According to a fan poll constructed by MLB Trade Rumors, 49% of voters were in favor of a permanent designated hitter. Meanwhile, 27% were in favor of the ruling as long as the 2020 season was not cancelled. On the opposite side of the spectrum, 24% of voters stated they would not be in favor of a designated hitter in the National League under any circumstance.
This isn’t the first time the universal designated hitter proposal has been mentioned: In 2018, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred brought up the possibility. Two years later, this could be a major factor in keeping pitchers healthy for a shortened season and displaying a product for fans to enjoy.