Verlander: MLB should get rid of DH altogether

Spending his entire MLB career in the American League, Justin Verlander has only picked up a bat in interleague games and the World Series.

On Monday, his pitching side took over.

Speaking in Washington in advance of Tuesday's All-Star Game, Verlander said that he thinks the league should eliminate the designated hitter altogether.

"I would take the DH out, even though I know the National League is talking about implementing the designated hitter," Verlander said, per USA Today. "For my pitching purposes, it's fun to face guys like me who can't hit. But I do think, for instance when we were in the World Series, the Houston Astros are playing the Dodgers, when we are at Dodger Stadium, we were a little behind. We were not used to hitting, bunting and things like that."

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Verlander made his major league debut with Detroit in 2005 and remained there until his trade to Houston last Aug. 31. He's a seven-time All-Star and the 2011 winner of both the AL Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.

At the plate, however, he is a career .111 batter (five singles in 45 at-bats). He has one RBI in his career. He had three at-bats against the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, striking out each time.

"When you're playing a championship, that determines the best team in the world, it should be an even playing field. It's the only sport like that with different sets of rules in different leagues," Verlander said.

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DETROIT - APRIL 10: Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers watches from the dugout during the game against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan on April 10, 2006. The White Sox defeated Tigers, 5-3. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander throws to the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of their MLB interleague baseball game at Wrigley Field in Chicago June 17, 2006. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander pitches to the New York Yankees during Game 2 of their American League Division Series playoff baseball game in New York October 5, 2006. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander speaks as he is announced as starting pitcher for Game 1 of the World Series prior to practices in Detroit, October 20, 2006. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander walks to dugout after striking out in fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals in Game 5 in Major League Baseball's World Series in St Louis October 27, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander waves a towel at the fans, that he used to wipe shaving cream off him smeared on by teammate Todd Jones, following Verlander's no-hitter victory over the Milwaukee Brewers during their Interleague MLB baseball game in Detroit, Michigan June 12, 2007. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES)
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander stands on the field with former Tigers pitcher Virgil Trucks during a pre-game ceremony before their American League MLB baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Detroit, Michigan July 8, 2007. Verlander threw the first no-htter last month in Detroit since Truck's no-hitter against the Washington Senators in Detroit in 1952. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES)
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander smiles after he threw a complete game no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays in their MLB baseball game in Toronto May 7, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander (L) and Victor Martinez celebrate after their team defeated the New York Yankees in Game 5 of their MLB American League Division Series baseball playoffs at Yankee Stadium in New York, October 6, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge (L) and pitcher Justin Verlander watch the action against the Texas Rangers during the eighth inning of Game 6 of MLB's ALCS baseball playoffs in Arlington, Texas, October 15, 2011. REUTERS/Hans Deryk (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
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Detroit Tigers Justin Verlander pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts May 29, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
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He then addressed the NL's potential plan to adopt the DH, and his comments are likely to raise some eyebrows in Houston.

"I like the game with no DH, personally. But who knows, one day I might be in the National League, so maybe they can keep it out of that league for a while."

Verlander can become a free agent after the 2019 season.

--Field Level Media

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