DH in both leagues 'gaining momentum' among players, says MLBPA boss Tony Clark

MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark said Tuesday that the idea of a universal DH is “gaining momentum” among players.

"Players are talking about it more than they have in the past," Clark told the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in Washington, D.C., according to MLB.com.

The designated hitter, of course, only currently exists in the American League, and an extension of the rule would mean pitchers no longer hitting for National League teams — a move many believe would enhance MLB’s overall product, considering pitchers are striking out in more than 40% of their at-bats this season.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 16: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies, Kyle Schwarber #12 and Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs, Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves, Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals, Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros and Jesus Aguilar #24 of the Milwaukee Brewers look on prior to the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League looks on during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League competes in the first round during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Max Muncy of the Los Angeles Dodgers and National League competes in the first round during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Rhys Hoskins of the Philadelphia Phillies and the National League competes during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League warms up during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League competes in the first round during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League celebrates with his pitcher Mike Sinicola during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League celebrates in the semifinals during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves and the National League competes in the first round during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Eugenio Suarez #7 of the Cincinnati Reds and the National League reacts with teammates during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros and American League competes during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Jose Altuve #27 of the Houston Astros and the American League reacts during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: George Springer #4 and Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros and the American League react during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 16: Rhys Hoskins #17 of the Philadelphia Phillies reacts to the High School Home Run Derby during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League competes during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League celebrates in the finals after tying Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League during the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and National League celebrates with his manager Dave Martinez after winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. Harper defeated Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs and National League 19-18. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 16: Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (34) is lifted by Washington Nationals manager David Martinez after the Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, July 16, 2018. Bryce Harper defeated Chicago Cubs Kyle Schwarber to win the 2018 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JULY 16: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after winning the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images) *** Bryce Harper
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Commissioner Rob Manfred, though, doesn’t see a change happening soon.

"The most likely outcome remains the status quo,” Manfred said at the All-Star Game festivities, according to the L.A. Times.

"If you get rid of the DH in the National League, there is a brand of baseball that is done,” Manfred added, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think there is going to be some hesitation with respect to that."

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