Editor's note: The above video is from July 25th after Madison Bumgarner hit a home run off A's pitcher Chris Bassitt.
Baseball fans of National League teams get to see Madison Bumgarner take a lumbering hack at every pitch when he steps into the box and Bartolo Colon's helmet nearly coming off when he takes a swing.
But, will that soon come to an end?
The designated hitter is what truly separates the NL from the American League and one general manager may hope the two leagues become even in that area. St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright only pitched in seven regular season games in 2015 due a ruptured Achilles' tendon while running out of the batter's box.
At the Cardinals' 20th annual fanfest, GM John Mozeliak said there's "more momentum" for the DH coming to the NL.
The DH has been in effect for the AL since 1973 and the NL has balked at bringing the position to their league ever since. On April 6, 1973, Ron Blomberg batted sixth for the New York Yankees on Opening Day vs. the Boston Red Sox as the first ever DH and plenty of players have him to thank for their elongated careers.
With the current collective bargaining agreement coming to an end after 2016, there will certainly be discussions for the first Blomberg in the NL.
One player who would heavily be against the notion of pitchers not stepping into the box for themselves is Bumgarner. Just ask Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer.
When Scherzer spoke on the issue saying, "Who would people rather see, a real hitter hitting home runs or a pitcher swinging a wet newspaper?" Bumgarner responded the only way he knows how.
"My wet newspaper is 34 ½ inches, 33 ½ ounces," Bumgarner said, "and I’m waiting on some new ones right now."
Bumgarner won his second straight Silver Slugger for NL pitchers in 2015. In 77 at-bats, Bumgarner hit .247/.275/.468 with five home runs and nine RBI.
His five long balls were tops for pitchers in all of baseball, with the Jake Arrieta, Zack Greinke and Mike Leake all tied for second with two bombs each. 18 different pitchers hit home runs last season, with the Giants having five of them as Tim Hudson, Jake Peavy, Mike Leake, and Ryan Vogelsong joined the party with Bumgarner. In all, there were 25 home runs hit by pitchers in 2015.
As interleague play has become an everyday occurence, should baseball protect its pitchers and make the DH universal or keep the game exactly how it is now? Vote above and tell us why in the comments section below.