Red Sox Life
Contributing writers Ben Whitehead and The Guru
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the designated-hitter rule. On April 6, 1973, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees became the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball history when he faced Boston Red Sox right-hander pitcher Luis Tiant. EL Tiante walked "Boomer" and the debate over the DH has raged on ever since.
Didn’t you just know that if there was going to be a fight about something the Sox and Yankees would be involved somehow?
Should the American League get rid of the DH? Should the National League finally embrace it? Strong, passionate and sometimes “unfriendly” arguments have been made for both sides. After 40 years, the issue has never come close to being resolved, be it in MLB’s front office or on the stools at The Cask ‘n’ Flagon.
With the Red Sox set to begin interleague play in Philadelphia tonight, Red Sox Life contributing writers Ben Whitehead and The Guru square off to settle the de...