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Tuesday's Say Hey, Baseball includes a step backwards in the great DH debate, Anthony Rizzo's WWE videobomb, and Scrabble's plans for 50 gallons of lube.

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After some teasing that the designated hitter could be coming to the NL sooner than later with this iteration of the collective bargaining agreement coming to an end, the dream is dead. Or the nightmare, if you're anti-DH. Either way: dead! Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke about the universal DH (among other things) on Monday, and clarified that NL execs are not in favor of it and that the status quo is the most likely outcome.

That's a shame if you're pro-DH, and for the MLBPA, which would love to get an extra 15 full-time jobs going around the league. For those who either outright despise the DH or want to keep the leagues different, this is good news, though -- I'm not one of those people, but I'm also a fan of an American League team who has had David Ortiz for the last decade-plus, so you can understand where I'm coming from.

At some point, the discussion will come up again, and it will be used as an actual bargaining chip and point of negotiation in CBA talks. It just doesn't look like the upcoming CBA will be the one where it happens, not unless this is teams taking a unified stance so as to make it even tougher for the MLBPA to negotiate for the DH this December. That seems unlikely, but owners and front offices have had craftier moments than this to get what they want.