Buttigieg’s everyman pitch: Dump the DH and make hurlers hit in the American League

There’s no denying that Indianapolis Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a well-educated guy.

The well-spoken and multilingual 2020 democratic candidate has made a name for himself with his eloquent, vocabulary-rich public appearances on the campaign trail.  For many, he’s the “smarty pants” candidate, whose worldly aspirations have provided him the with hoity-toity air of an international scholar.

That’s a personality trait that his PR team have been working hard to mitigate in order to appeal to a broader audience of voters.  Their latest attempts to bring the high-and-mighty Buttigieg back down to earth have Mayor Pete suddenly commenting on the state of America’s pastime.

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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who’s spoken in favor of workers’ rights in his bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, raised eyebrows Friday after reportedly championing an economic system that forces some workers to perform additional duties they’re not trained for while realistically denying a job to other skilled laborers — Yes, “Mayor Pete” supports Major League Baseball’s National League-style of play.

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Buttigieg — who hails from a state without a single MLB team — apparently hopes there are more American League fans pining to watch pitchers hit than National League fans who’d appreciate adding a competent batter and baserunner to their team’s lineup. And he’s wagering traditionalists who decry the designated hitter rule will swing away for him during the primaries.

According to a Politico report Friday, Buttigieg was in Iowa — another state without any MLB teams — talking to voters, chowing down on fair food and making a controversial statement he won’t get to replay.

“I feel you ought to have to play both parts of the game,” said Buttigieg, who did not address the fact that hitters do not have to exert themselves throwing up to 100 pitches or more during games.

While Buttigieg may very well have an opinion on how the game should or could be played, the entire incident has all the trappings of a political stunt aimed at giving the Rhodes scholar inroads within the working class as he continues to stagnate in the polls.


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