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Imagining a Diamondbacks lineup with the DH everyday in the New World Order

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Since it's probably going to happen anyway, how would this year's Diamondbacks maximize their lineup with a DH? I look at some possibilities.

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So, I don't mean to alarm you guys, especially those of you who like listening to radio shows by the fire and think that Notre Dame football is the bees knees (They attempted a forward pass, by jove!), but it seems like a universal Designated Hitter is coming to MLB sooner than later. There seems to be momentum for such an idea among the people who can make such decisions.

There are two ways to go about this. You can either accept that this sort of thing is going to happen, and that while it may seem weird at first, you'll get used to it sooner rather than later and know baseball is baseball is baseball and go on with your life. Or, you can rail against the winds of inevitabile change in a dramatic fashion.

"YOU KNOW WHAT WORDS THE LETTERS DH ARE ALSO IN? ADOLF HITLER!"

While that group stays woke, I thought it might be interesting to look at some everyday lineup possibilities for the Diamondbacks in a hypothetical future where the DH is always a thing.

The ideal lineup with the DH should maximize offensive output while minimizing defensive maleficence. Essentially a DH lineup shouldn't be about just being thankful that you have someone hitting for the pitcher, it should also eliminate this:

So if you have a potentially decent bat you can stick in the DH spot so that their glove isn't giving you nightmares, then you're in luck. Do the Diamondbacks have someone like that? Of course, look at the header picture. Now, Tomas has never done the above gif (thank goodness), but of the current outfield grouping, his defense is the weakest by far. Sticking him at DH regularly would give him at bats, and give the team a chance for his bat to develop in a best case scenario way, while putting three strong defensive outfielders in the regular lineup.

1. Socrates Brito - RF
2. David Peralta - LF
3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
4. A.J. Pollock - CF
5. Welington Castillo - C
6. Yasmany Tomas - DH
7. Jake Lamb - 3B
8. Chris Owings - 2B
9. Nick Ahmed - SS

This, or some variation of, this lineup is what I would expect the team to go with on a regular basis should pitchers hitting go the way of the Dodo. You would also get the Glove/Speed/Bat/Name combo of Socrates Brito in the lineup everyday in Right. Tomas is the most prototypical DH on the Diamondbacks right now (And that's not a mean comment on his weight.), so sliding him in there is the easiest to do. If an outfielder needs a spell, you could throw a Phil Gosselin out there, or maybe even Tomas on an occasional day.

However, what if you don't wanna do it the easy way?

1. A.J. Pollock - CF
2. David Peralta - LF
3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
4. Welington Castillo - DH
5. Yasmany Tomas - RF
6. Jake Lamb - 3B
7. Chris Owings - 2B
8. Nick Ahmed - SS
9. Chris Hermann/Oscar Hernandez/Tuffy Gosewisch/Whoever - C

If you really like pitch framing, but you also like dingers, this may be the lineup for you. While Castillo is not the best defensive catcher, his possible backups could be. However, if he hits at a level anywhere near what he did in 2015, you don't want his bat out of the lineup. Enter the DH to possibly solve that and keep your pitcher's ERAs lower than low. The downside here is that if something health wise were to happen in the middle of a game to your primary catcher, you're pretty screwed, but let's assume that would never happen.

For our third and final lineup possibility, let's watch the world burn and determine things through salary.

1. A.J. Pollock - CF
2. David Peralta - LF
3. Paul Goldschmidt - 1B
4. Welington Castillo - C
5. Yasmany Tomas - RF
6. Jake Lamb - 3B
7. Aaron Hill - DH
8. Chris Owings - 2B
9. Nick Ahmed - SS

If you can't jettison them, put them in the lineup every day! Aaron Hill has already had one career resurgence with the Diamondbacks, so what's another one? Also, you can still say you're for Chris Owings' development while trying to maximize Hill's value. And if Hill flames out in the role, you can just say you're being a rebel and trying to bring back the good old days of pitchers hitting.

One way or another, the universal DH is probably happening. Either you can mourn the end of an era unnecessarily , or be forward thinking and think about how your favorite team (the Diamondbacks, probably) can capitalize. Or you can do neither and like watch some Netflix or something. They have some good stuff not related to Designated Hitter arguments at all!