In 2009 we held a poll to see if people favored the implementation of the Designated Hitter rule in the RSL. The poll ended 10 votes to 12 votes against. In 2010 we held another vote, and the poll ended 12 votes to 9 votes in favor.
The problem in the past has been supporters have had a very "whatever" attitude, while those against have been very vocally against. It never made sense to implement a new rule when there wasn't really that much passionate desire for one.
I've never been firmly against or in favor of the DH. My only strong opinion is that I do not want to see it in one conference and not the other. It would be an all-or-nothing implementation. So why am I putting up a new poll now? What's changed? Well, you guys know we're on OOTP13 now. And after the last few upgrades it seems pretty clear to me that we can't count on ever seeing any improvement in OOTP AI management when it comes to pinch-hitting, late-game replacements, and double switches. The DH is a potentially creative solution to those problems.
Still, it's not like I'm hugely in favor of it. Even if this poll ends up 16-4 in favor that's no guarantee we'd implement. I just thought I'd check on where everybody currently stands. From the first poll to the second we had some people change their minds, so you never know what a current straw poll will bring.