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Bartolo Colon

Now is not the time to add the designated hitter to the National League

Now is not the time to add the designated hitter to the National League

Impose the designated hitter upon the National League and, next thing you know, the Dodgers and Angels could be playing in the same division.

The DH in the NL could lead to the demise of the NL as we know it. And that's an unnecessarily significant issue for baseball owners to consider now, as they prepare to open collective bargaining negotiations with the players' union.

No wonder Commissioner Rob Manfred was so quick to quash talk of adding the DH to the NL — after accidentally igniting conjecture that MLB was actually considering the idea.

St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak got the rumor mill started by saying the idea had gained "more...

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