Adam Jones was even more succinct about the two leagues having different DH rules.
"Keep it what it's been since 1973," the center fielder growled.
At this point in the conversation, I felt compelled to point out that many fans — especially, uh, me — think the sight of a pitcher with a bat in his hand should come with a laugh track, like in sitcoms.
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"What about the pitcher that [Monday] night hit a home run?" Jones shot back. "Eric Stults. Didn't he go deep?"
Yes, I had to admit, the San Diego lefty did belt a three-run homer in the San Diego Padres' 6-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
But he's not exactly Babe Ruth. In his eight-year career, he's hit one homer and has exactly 19 hits.
"Sometimes, some pitchers need to hit, man," Jones said. "It's the difference in the leagues. ... Stick with what's been working."
Outfielder Nate McLouth, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves before joining the Orioles, was as neutral as Switzerland on the NL keeping the DH. "I don't really feel strongly either way," he said.
"I think there are better lineups," the shortstop said. "I don't think there's that weak spot in the lineup. You got nine hitters up there instead of a pitcher going up there ..."
I rest my case.
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