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Hank Steinbrenner: NL ‘Needs to Grow Up and Join 21st Century’

George who? For anyone that was worried the sauciness erupting from the Yankees front office would disappear when George stepped out of the picture, they sure have had their share of relief in the form of Hank who has stepped right in without missing a beat. The guy’s not afraid to bash anyone or rip anything, and funny enough, he’s got a take on damn near every subject. In essence, he’s Curt Schilling without the fastball. And check out the bomb he dropped on over half of MLB in response to Chien-Ming Wang getting injured running the bases in Houston:

“My only message is simple. The National League needs to join the 21st century,” Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. “They need to grow up and join the 21st century.

“Am I (mad) about it? Yes,” Steinbrenner added. “I’ve got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He’s going to be out. I don’t like that, and it’s about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s.”

As an American League guy, I can’t agree with Steiny more. I’m all about the offense. Who the heck wants to watch pitchers bat anyway? If they’re that good, the team won’t have to use a D.H. anyway. Surely Steinbrenner’s outburst is a wholly irrational response to the situation, but it certainly has merit. Gotta love that guy. Is there any wonder why Sporting News has decided to make him a featured writer? Tell us how you really feel next time, Hank.

(via FanHouse)


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  • SpinMax

    I’m an American League guy and I think we’re in the wrong. If you don’t play in the field, you shouldn’t
    get those at-bats. And if you’re a pitcher who is gonna throw at somebody, you’d better be prepared
    to face the same medicine. Down with the DH.

  • JS

    Where would the Cubs be right now without Carlos Zambrano’s bat?

  • http://pointguardu.com NICK

    i am a national league guy and i think that ole hankie is wrong… DH just makes the managers life that much easier. Cant really pitcher around a DHer like David Ortiz to face someone like ManRam or Mike Lowell?? (just using the Red Sox as an example)

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    With the exception of the pitcher not having to face the music after hitting an opposing batter, I like to see the extra offense. I get sick of seeing NL lineups that have hitters 7-9 batting .240, .220, and .160 respectively. Who wants to watch three auto-outs in a row?

  • SpinMax

    Well, maybe we should have DH’s for other position players who can’t hit as well. Catchers, 2B, SS. Why stop there?

  • dan

    The DH is the worst rule change in baseball. But Ol Hank needs to realize that the Yankees won 21 world series without the DH. They have only won 5 in the past 35 years. He is an assclown who is upset that both the Sox AND Rays are better than his overpaid stiffs are