New DH rule among four changes to Midsummer Classic

StroShow

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Not huge news but still worthy to talk about...especially with National League fans on this site. Wondering what they think about this.

The All-Star Game will now have a designated hitter regardless of which league is hosting the contest, Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday. The updated designated hitter rule came among a list of other procedural changes the league has officially adopted for its jewel event at the recommendation of the Special Committee for On-field Matters. Other changes include a restriction on pitchers who have pitched the Sunday before the game, a one-man increase in the number of position players elected and a unique re-entry rule.
These rules will all be in place for the 2010 All-Star Game hosted by the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The new changes have also been agreed upon by the Players Association. The designated hitter rule also stipulates that the National League's DH will be chosen by the manager, while the junior circuit's DH will continue to be chosen by fans.

In an effort to protect pitchers who have started a regular season game on the Sunday immediately before the game, these players will not be eligible to pitch in the game and will be replaced. As with any player who is ineligible or unable to play, they will still be recognized as an All-Star. A re-entry rule also makes its debut this year. In addition to the existing injured catcher rule, the manager is now allowed to select one position player to re-enter a game in the event that the last available position player at any position is injured.
Modifications in place for All-Star Game | MLB.com: News
 

Major

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I don't really care for the new rules, especially the DH every year. One of the things that made the MLB All-Star Game my favorite of all the sports was that they never had any unique rules just for that game. It was like any other baseball game and I think that made it more competitive than the other sports.
 

Babe_Ruth

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This new rule isn't going to get positive feedback on these forums that's for sure, most of the baseball fans here hate the DH rule. I personally am a fan of the DH rule, but I disagree with this change because it makes no sense at all. Why change it, if there's nothing wrong with it?

I know it protects the pitchers, but you don't protect the pitchers during the regular season in hte National League, what does one game do out of 163(counting the All Star game)
 

Sigurd

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#4
I'm okay with this change, it adds an extra voting spot for the All-star game, and one more person can get in to the contest. Also that it can prevent a pitcher having some sort of freak accident at bat.
 

Wade8813

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I'm okay with this change, it adds an extra voting spot for the All-star game, and one more person can get in to the contest. Also that it can prevent a pitcher having some sort of freak accident at bat.
Yeah, we'd much rather have a batter have a freak accident :lol:

I dunno, I'm not sure I see the point in the change.
 

StroShow

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I dont mind this rule to be honest. I've always like the DH rule being an American League fan. I dont see it as being a big change but I can see alot more National League fans being upset by it.
 

Millz

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As pointless and well, retarded the DH is I think its a good idea to have it in the AllStar...

Surprise I know haha

I like the rules. Nothing ground breaking but they all made sense.
 
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