It's time to start using the DH in the National League. Now that pitching has become so specialized, it seems like a waste to make the pitcher go bat. In the old days, pitchers would routinely finish games...as relief was just clean up work. Now the starter goes 6 2/3 inning, followed by somebody to get the final out of the 7th, followed by the set up guy, followed by the closer. The relief pitchers rarely hit anyway.
Of course, I'm in an American League city...so I have no real past with pitchers batting (except for interleague play).