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Why are catchers batting in the AL now?

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2004-05-14 14:20:50

Catchers have always batted in the AL. If you mean, "Why are

catchers batting so well now?" (catchers are traditionally not good

hitters): Nowadays, it seems that offense is much more important

than defense. Forty years ago, you could have a good career as a

catcher or secondbasement if you were great defensively but only

hid .240 or so. Now, everyone's looking for offense, so people like

Mike Piazza, who doesn't throw out a lot of runners but hits very

well, can succeed as a catcher. If you meant to ask, "Why are

pitchers batting in the AL now?": Well, there hasn't always been a

DH - it started in 1972. But, the rule with interleague play and

the playoffs is that you use the home team's rules. So, if an AL

team plays in an NL stadium, they can't use a DH, and the pitcher

has to bat. Also, in an AL stadium, if the DH goes out into the

field, the pitcher must bat from now on (for instance, if the DH

moves to first to replace the first baseman, the pitcher must now

bat in the first baseman's spot.)

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