NY Mets: Best designated hitter options for the 2020 season
As the MLB’s return to play proposal could incorporate the designated hitter in the National League, the New York Mets will have an opportunity to add a big bat to the lineup each game. Who should it be?
We are all missing the New York Mets right now. Fortunately, they could return in a few weeks.
Major League Baseball began to negotiate a return to play proposal to the owners and players association, with the intent of resuming play. The proposal covered a variety of changes to the standard MLB season format, such as an 82-game season, a schedule where teams only play within their division, and the corresponding division in the other league, playoffs reduced to only 10 teams, and a universal DH.
Adopting the designated hitter in the National League has been a topic of debate for decades among baseball fans, with many traditionalists preferring the NL rules, which pitchers must take a turn in the batting order.
Many Mets fans are opposed to the DH, as many memorable moments in the team’s recent history have been with a pitcher at the dish, such as Noah Syndergaard‘s two-home run game, Steven Matz‘s three-hit, four RBI debut in 2015, and of course, Bartolo Colon’s infamous home run in 2016.
However, it cannot be denied that having a designated hitter in the National League would give the Mets more flexibility in their lineups. Whether it is giving older or often injured player’s a lighter workload, create better defensive alignments, or get younger players blocked at a position more at-bats, there’s a benefit to it.
All things considered, who should the team aim to get the most ABs as the DH?