Cubs pitcher Jon Lester started his career 0-for-66 at the plate until getting his first hit in 2015. He's since made strides offensively, wielding a pretty wicked swing and hitting a home run each of the past three seasons.
So, how does Lester feel about the National League adding a designated hitter for the 2020 season?
"I told [Cubs manager David Ross] that I'm hitting in the games I'm pitching, so I don't know what he wants to do there but you're taking a pretty big force out of the lineup if we're going to the DH every five days," Lester said in Saturday's Zoom session.
Lester quickly clarified he was joking but highlighted the pros and cons of having a full-time DH. He can solely focus on pitching but said having to bat keeps pitchers more tuned into a game as they can't check out in between innings. For example, pitchers who bat need to know how opposing pitchers are attacking hitters.
On the flip side, a universal DH adds 15 jobs to baseball and will allow the Cubs to give their stars semi-off days while keeping their bat in the lineup.
"You kind of give them that blow but you still keep their bat in the lineup, so that would be nice going forward," Lester said. "I mean it's a little disappointing. I liked doing it but at the same time, it is going to be a little bit easier for us."
Cubs' Jon Lester jokes universal DH takes 'a pretty big force' out of lineup originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago