Reds rumors: Universal DH expected to be discussed for 2020 season

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 03: Aristides Aquino #44 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 03: Aristides Aquino #44 of the Cincinnati Reds (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

While a few fans may like the most recent Reds rumors, it’s also sure to cause a stir. A universal DH may be on the docket for the 2020 season.

Many fans may be disturbed by the latest Reds rumors, but this season may be quite unique. According to Jon Heyman, an insider at MLB Network, a universal DH is expected to be discussed as part of the 2020 season. Fans of the Cincinnati Reds and many other National League clubs have long since rejected the idea, but circumstances may require such a change this season.

I know, I’m not the biggest fan of the designated hitter either. I like baseball in its purest form, with double-switches and pitchers hitting. With that said, I find it very likely that we’ll see a universal DH during what will undoubtedly be a truncated 2020 season.

While it sounds as though teams will remain within their current division, MLB’s plan for playing an 80-game season also hinges on the idea of playing within a specific region. Basically, the Reds would only play teams in the NL and AL Central. The idea would essentially minimize travel.

According to Heyman, National League ownership groups are opposed to the idea, which should come as no surprise. NL clubs are not built for having a consistent position dedicated to the designated hitter. Players such as Edwin Encarnacion and J.D. Martinez have a career out of playing the role of DH.

However, the Cincinnati Reds are in a unique position this season, as several of their players could fill the role of designated hitter. The likes of Aristides Aquino, Jesse Winker, Nick Castellanos and Phillip Ervin could all be solid choices if Major League Baseball implements a universal DH this coming season.

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Before we go on to anymore Reds rumors, the baseball owners need to set the framework for the upcoming season. Once approved by the owners, the Player’s Association will enter the fray in an effort to get a start date for the 2020 season.