We’ve talked about the one man, MLB Players Association president Tony Clark, who can push for the designated hitter to be added to the National League. In this slide show, the plan is to systemically refute the argument that rosters of NL teams will need a few seasons to adjust to the new rule and insure they remain competitive with their American League counterparts. This slide show deal specifically with the NL West; we’ve also made cases in the NL Central and the NL East.
The criteria for making this list is relatively short, but priority has been given to players already under contract for 2017. Some will be entering contract years, but most are beyond next season. Admittedly, especially in cases where organizations are rebuilding, some of the choices are a bit of a reach, but every team already uses the DH in American League parks, so a nod has been given to players who would benefit most from becoming a designated hitter.