Talk of designated hitters in NL becoming more frequent

Baseball For more than 40 years, the National League has remained free of the designated hitter, but that could change in the future, according to players' union chief Tony Clark."That topic has come up independently of us bringing it up," Clark said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "It has been a topic, as I'm sure you know, a topic of discussion going back the last two bargaining agreements. Nothing has changed at this point in time. But I am guessing come 2016 that conversation will come up again." 2015: Potential impact rookiesClark said said he would have to poll the players before saying if the NL was for or against the idea. The American League adopted the designated hitter in 1973, while the NL has kept the pitcher in the batting order.Now that there is an interleague series going on at all times, with 15 teams in each league, concerns have been raised about teams having to play outside their usual rules at critical times — right down to the last game of the season."That was a concern when we started to talk about evening out the divisions and how that would manifest itself over the course of interleague play," Clark said. "The idea that you would be in September with a possible division (title) on the line with one team who was not used to having a DH or a team that was used to having a DH not having it and how that could affect the overall outcome."As you might expect, we are very concerned about the integrity of the game and having scenarios or situations play out like that that could affect inevitably how a division ends, is not a place you want to find yourself."The designated hitter tends to have a higher salary and it is a position that can allow a player to extend his career, but it's safe to say there woul

dn't be universal sentiment to expanding the DH to both leagues. So, stay tuned. "To the extent more people are asking about it and talking about it would suggest to me that perhaps there are some in places we would not have guessed that are offering some input," Clark said. "What that leads to, I don't know. I'm guessing when we sit down, it will come up."