Bowden: Groups and gamers are in limbo without a decision on the universal DH

If Commissioner Rob Manfred were to ask all 30 group owners to vote on a universal designated player for 2021 and beyond, he would get the required 25 votes, according to sources familiar with each organization’s thinking. If Tony Clark, head of the players union, were to ask his players to vote on the exact same problem, it’s presumed a strong bulk would be in favor of the universal DH.

So what’s the hang-up? It’s easy: The clubs feel that if they are going to consent to the universal DH, they want something in return, whether it’s a contract for expanded playoffs or any other compromise that makes sense. For the lawyers included in the negotiations for a new CBA, I get it; it’s their task. Nevertheless, it’s pretty ridiculous when you recognize both sides want this to happen. The players desire it since, in theory, it opens 15 more jobs with potentially greater pay, since each National League team would in theory wish to include at least another …