Meant to post here, the guys on the local radio were talking after a loss for the Rockies. They went on about the designated pitcher, since a situation occurred where a pitching change was used to work on the 7th hitter, knowing that this was bad for the 8th, but they could walk him and then throw at the pitcher.
The argument is that
a) it's silly to have different rules for the leagues. What sport does this?
b) the game has evolved, so let's evolve
c) don't we want to see the best players play? Pitchers aren't remotely the best players at the plate
I tend to agree. Batting is a skill that takes regular practice. Pitchers going every 4-5 days isn't enough and it hurts the game from a fan's standpoint. Purists might like it, but really, most of them know this is an extremely low percentage at-bat, no matter who the pitcher is.