MLB rumors: Giants, NL won't have universal DH in 2021 MLB season

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Report: No universal DH for Giants, NL in 2021 MLB season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

It appears Giants fans will get their wish next season when it comes to the designated hitter. After experimenting with both leagues utilizing the DH in the compacted, 60-game season, the universal DH reportedly won't be part of National League play in 2021, LaVelle Neal of The Star Tribune reported.

The Giants had five players as their DH in 2020: Wilmer Flores, Austin Slater, Darin Ruf, Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence. But it wasn’t much of a game-changer for Gabe Kapler's club, as the Giants DH's only logged a .181 batting average and .596 OPS with just eight home runs last season.

It's certainly not a huge loss, but it could have been interesting had MLB elected to keep the rule in place. But as far as the Giants are concerned, now that Pence has retired and Sandoval is a member of the Atlanta Braves, there won’t be a special need to have the DH in order to elongate a fan favorite's career. 

It also didn't have a huge impact on the league overall in 2020 which could also be a reason to throw it out the window. 

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The 2020 season turned out to be the perfect time to experiment with such things as the universal DH and starting with a runner on second base in extra innings. Expect some of these experiments to continue, but it looks like the DH won't be coming to the NL full time for at least another season.

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