This was a pretty surprising tweet to see today:
Manfred also said NL adopting DH is gaining momentum. Expect it to be addressed in upcoming CBA, so could be for '17 season. #mlb
— David Lennon (@DPLennon) January 21, 2016
I had to stop in my tracks and read it a few times to make sure I was getting it right.
This is pretty meaningful, and this suggests, at the least, that the DH is going to be very seriously considered in these CBA discussions. Even as recently as a couple days ago that didn’t look much more than merely possible.
I really look forward to seeing the full context of the Commissioner’s comments, and then whatever comes from there. I am an unabashed proponent of the DH in the NL, but I know that’s a controversial opinion. I have my reasons – Michael articulated them pretty well on Tuesday – but I’ll hold all that back for right now while we await more.