Braves' Snitker supports universal DH: 'It'll be a better game to watch'

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Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker will welcome the universal designated hitter with open arms if it's applied to the National League in 2022.

"It'll be a better game to watch," Snitker said, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports.

The 66-year-old, who has been in the Braves organization since 1977, said he used to oppose the idea but has since changed his mind, according to Maria Martin of 11Alive News.

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker disagrees, thinking the universal DH would give aspiring players a path to ignore defense and focus too much on hitting, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN.

However, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa echoes Snitker's sentiments that eliminating the need for pitchers to hit would improve the game's watchability.

"I think there should be a DH in both leagues," Correa said, according to's Brian McTaggart. "I think that's the way to keep moving the game forward. People come to the ballpark to see a great game, but also they love to see (home runs). Pitchers are not hitting many of them. So I think the DH should be universal."

The universal DH is one of the changes on the table for the next CBA after the current one expires in December, so this World Series could mark the final time pitchers are required to hit in MLB.

Braves' Snitker supports universal DH: 'It'll be a better game to watch'
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