Baseball fans arebuzzing aboutrecent news reports suggestingthe National League planstoadoptthe designated-hitter rule.Reds ownerBob Castellini, who would have a vote on whether the NL adopts the controversial rule first embraced by the AL in 1973, made his stance on the i sue clear Thursday.MORE: MLB’s offseason winners and losersAsked about the rumors that the NL could see the DH in place anytime soon, Castellini offered reportersa one-word response:”No.”All that is blown out of proportion, Castellini told reporters, via’s no groundswell for it. The commi sioner had a pre s interview after our owners’ meeting and he was taken out of context.MLB commi sionerRob Manfred’s comments after last week’s owners meeting in Florida suggested NL owners might be more receptive to such a controversial move than in years past.Twenty years ago, when you talked to National League owners about the DH, you’d think you were talking some sort of heretical comment, Manfred told reporters, via ESPN.But we have a newer group. There has been turnover, and I think our owners in general have demonstrated a willingne s to change the game in ways that we think would be good for the fans, always respecting the history and traditions of the sport.Those comments were spun into Dee Gordon Jersey stories that the move is all but done. The New York Post reportedin a headline: “National League DH seems almost inevitable for2017.”Manfred has since expre sed surprise at how news reports misinterpretedhis comments to suggest the DH will soon be featured in the NL.”The most likely result on the designated hitter for the foreseeable future is the status quo,” Manfred told earlier this week. “I think the vast majority of clubs in the National League want to stay where they are.”The topic is certain to come up as owners renegotiate with the players’ a sociationMLB’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which expires after this season. But three-fourths of all MLB owners, or 23 in all,would Randy Johnson Jerseyhave to vote in favorof the DH rulefor it to become a reality.Fans don’t need to wonder how Castellini will vote.Our fans are used to the wonderful baseball that’s been played here for nearly 150 years, and we don’t plan to have any kind of campaign to change it, Castellini said.

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