So I made a lot of changes this past season, if you haven’t heard; a different team, moving across the country, trading New York snow for Los Angeles sun… but another thing is switching from the American League to the National League. Now, I’ve heard a million opinions about the differences between the two: the AL’s smaller and home-run-friendly ballparks, the dimensions of the strike zones and varying styles of the umpires, the AL’s tendency toward power-hitting versus the NL’s focus on pitching and running the bases. But of course, the biggest and most obvious different is the AL’s Designated Hitters for its pitchers.
The way I explained the whole DH thing to Californians is that in the American League, the pitcher gets sort of a stunt double. Which is funny, since here I am in the land of stunt doubles, and my NL pitchers will have to fend for themselves at the plate. It’s taking a bit of getting used to again, but I don’t mind. Baseball is baseball. Maybe I’ll just get a stunt double to use at press conferences.
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