ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 30: Johnny Damon #22 of the Tampa Bay Rays is safe at first base against Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers during Game One of the American League Division Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 30, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The no-DH rule in National League parks in the World Series makes the American League representative adjust.
Look back to when the Boston Red Sox were winning World Series before they were infamous for eating fried chicken and drinking beer. David Ortiz was one of the most feared bats in all of baseball, but was a pure designated hitter.
When the Red Sox would go to NL parks, Terry Francona would stick Ortiz at first base and pray the ball would go nowhere near him.
When the Rangers begin the World Series tonight in St. Louis, their fearsome lineup will lose one of its weapons as C.J. Wilson will be forced to hit, and the Rangers bench will include guys like Mitch Moreland and Esteban German.
But Michael Young's defensive versatility means the Rangers DH won't be a defensive liability.
True, Mitch Moreland is the better defensive first baseman of the two, but Young can hold his own and made a couple of nice plays in the ALCS as Moreland's bat diminished into nothing.
So yes, ideally, the Rangers wouldn't want C.J. Wilson or Colby Lewis swinging a bat (though Lewis can swing a stick), but they won't be forced to have as many moving parts in their lineup as many AL champs do.