Don’t worry, I’m not going to speak about the difference been the national and american leagues. However you feel on that subject, you have good reason and I’m not going to change your mind.
I want to speak to the notion any aging or defensive liability can be placed in this full time role and produce for another season or two. It isn’t as simple as that, there is a flow to the game and this season is proving it more than ever with the struggles of Jorge Posada, Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu. DH is unique hitting talent and one that should be cherished by fans of David Ortiz and Jim Thome. Edgar Martinez is perhaps the best example of this skill and sparks the debate, should he be in the hall of fame? Numbers wise he has what it takes to be a shoe in. For me however, its an emphatic no. You don’t get into the hall spending half the game talking to a utility infielder and the backup catcher. I do admire what he accoplished though.
At least, that’s the view from from where I sit