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National League to Lose Designated Hitters in 2021

Starling Marte
Miami Marlins’ Starling Marte hits a home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Well, it was fun while it lasted.

After allowing National League teams to use designated hitters during the 2020 season, the option will go back to being exclusive to the American League in 2021, sources say.

The change was among several rule alterations made by Major League Baseball at the start of the season in an effort to reduce the length of games during the coronavirus pandemic.

While fans seemed to be divided on the designated hitter rule, a number of National League players have voiced their support for allowing it to remain universal.

However, MLB’s decision doesn’t necessarily mean the National League has seen its last designated hitter.

The current collective-bargaining agreement ends at the end of the 2021 season, and sources tell the Star-Tribune bringing back the DH rule to the National League will be on the bargaining table.

Would you like to see the National League use designated hitters permanently?