MLB commisioner Bud Selig announced today that as of the 2011 season, all American league teams will be allowed a roster expansion to allow for the new position of Designated Runner.
Managers are only allowed one extra roster spot, but may use the runner at anytime during the game. This includes running for the batter.
The rule, pushed through by Hank Steinbrenner of the Yankees and John Henry of the Red Sox, was applauded today by outgoing MLB Players Association President Donald Fehr.
Said Donald,"This is an outstanding day for the American League, and an outstanding day for players."
Presumably the additon is to quiet naysayers of the DH, by adding a young athletic player to the roster.
Critics are stunned. Announcer Bob Uecker was quoted as saying "they might as well, it's not like they've been playing baseball over there anyway."
American league managers have had mixed feelings, but are generally enthused about the possibilities. "it's about time they've come up with a way for us to really take advantage of the fat slobs we use at DH. Now we don't even have to worry about them, other than to get them up the dugout steps to the batter's box" said Terry Francona.
When asked for comment, Bud Selig looked at the cameras and while slamming his fist into his palm said, "This time it counts!"