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What’s A DH?/AL .OPS Teams

  • What was a DH?

Originally, a DH was just an opportunity to put an extra hitter in the lineup, an attempt to pull the AL out of a era of great pitchers.  The popular notion was that fans preferred high-scoring games over low scoring games, and that having higher-scoring games would entice more fans to attend games.  In short, it was just another way to make money.


  • What is a DH?

The DH spot is now a spot to stick overweight multimillionaires who have no idea how to play the field, (see Ortiz, David) .  These players earn a comfy salary for tearing the cover off the ball every 2-3 innings, (or not tearing the cover off the ball, see Ortiz, David), while their teammates stand out in the field for 9 innings doing most of the work.  The DH has done what is was supposed to have done!!!  Now get rid of it!!!!!!

Note: The DH rule was originally supposed to be a three-year trial run, running from 1973-1975.
The AL All-.OPS, Not-so All-.OPS Teams

The Best of the Best .OPS Team (AL)
C Victor Martinez, Indians, .970
1B Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox, 1.073
2B Ian Kinsler, Rangers, .847
3B Evan Longoria, Rays, .971
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees, .841
LF Jason Bay, Red Sox, .998
CF Torii Hunter, Angels, 1.013
RF Ben Zobrist, Rays, 1.091
DH Jason Kubel, Twins, .922
The Worst of the Worst .OPS Team (AL)
C Dioner Navarro, Rays, .541
1B Chris Davis, Rangers, .697
2B Chris Getz, White Sox, .610
3B Josh Fields, White Sox, .625
SS Orlando Cabrera, A’s, .576
LF David DeJesus, Royals, .670
CF B.J. Upton, Rays, .620
RF Magglio Ordoñez, Tigers, .701
DH David Ortiz, Red Sox, .637

Early AL MVP Candidates

1. Jason Bay, LF, Red Sox

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Bay has cooled off somewhat as of late, but still is one of the top hitters in the AL.  He’s among the league leaders in .OBP, Total Bases, .SLG, .OPS, Homeruns, Runs, RBI, and Walks.  Bay is a pure hitter, he supports his team in every category, but generally doesn’t stick out in one particular category.  Bay is similar to Baltimore’s Nick Markakis, in many aspects, as a decent power hitter, with a high .OBP, and who leads, (or previously led, in the case of Bay), an underrated team.  However Bay is a better power hitter than Markakis, and now plays for a big market team.  If Bay sticks out in so called “important categories”, such as homers, and RBI’s, he will enthrall voters, if he doesn’t…, then, well he won’t…
2. Justin Morneau, 1B, Twins

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Morneau was somewhat of a suprise MVP winner in 2006, beating out Derek Jeter, and David Ortiz in a close vote.  Morneau then came in second in 2008 to Dustin Pedroia, even though he had a sub-par season.  Morneau is the kind of gritty ballplayer that is always on the field, and is a perennial MVP candidate.  Morneau is at the top of his league in Total Bases, and .SLG, and also is near the top in .OBP, RBI’s, Homeruns, every major hitting category.  This could be the year that he reaches 40 homeruns.  If he keeps this up, he wins the MVP.
3. Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays

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A No. 3 draft pick, and a top prospect, Longoria burst onto the scene in 2008, making the All-Star Game, and winning the rookie of the year.  Longoria leads the AL in doubles, and RBI’s, and is among the leaders in .SLG, Hits, Runs, Total Bases, .OPS, and Homeruns.  I see this MVP race coming down to the underrated Morneau, and Longoria.  The one concern that I see about Longoria, is that he is striking out more than he did last year, almost once a game. He’ll get some bonus publicity if he leads the Rays back for The Miracle Rays 2.
4. Why I am not including Kevin Youkilis

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Youkilis is an on-base +slugging monster, who pounds the ball, but hadn’t discovered power until last season.  While he definetly be in the top 5 on my ballot, his power numbers sadly won’t appeal to the actual voters.