Buck Showalter just weighed in on the designated hitter rule and how the debate about it might change following the realignment that will require interleague series throughout the regular season starting in 2013.
"Whatever's best for the fans and serves the love of the game,'' he said. "Personally, I'd like for it all to be the same. Grandfather it in or out. Let's all play by the same rules. If the fans want to see Vladdy DH some more, let's everybody have the DH. I don't think it is going to happen, but you'd like for it to be consistent.
"It does create some challenges for the players, especially during the interleague. I worry about the back and forth of interleague/not interleague/interleague, because the pitchers, you have to hit them for awhile, so there's not going to be any consistency with that, but we'll see how it develops. The DH, I'm all for having it in or out, but everybody having it the same. I don't really care whether it's in or out. I'd like for it to be the same, but they don't really care what I think."
The Orioles may be in the market for a designated hitter this winter, but Showalter again gave every indication that he wants some flexibility at the position, so he can rest regulars there. He was handcuffed in that regard last year because he had to play Vladimir Guerrero everyday, but still would not rule out a one-dimensional DH if the right player was available at the right price.