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Both leagues experimented with the rule in 1969, but only the American League decided to adopt it, in 1973. The American League's thinking was that pitching was too strong, and hitting had become moribund--in 1968 Bob Gibson had an ERA of 1.12, and Carl Yastrzemski hit .301--the only batter in either league to average .300. The owners wanted to add more offense to the game, for the usual reason--they thought the fans wanted more hits and more home runs. The National League decided it was more in the spirit of the game for all players to play both in the field and at the plate, so they never adopted the DH rule. I'm more in sympathy with the NL, myself. Also, there's no real evidence that the DH really increased overall offense. Only one DH has ever won the home run title (Jim Rice) and only one DH has ever won the batting title (Edgar Martinez.)

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Q: Why is there a designated hitter rule in the American League only?
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Is there a designated hitter in inter league games?

Only if the home team is from the American League.


Can you have a designated hitter in the national league championship series?

No. The National League only has a designated hitter if the NL team is playing an inter-league game in an AL park.


When did the pitcher have to start batting in the national league?

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The only difference in the rules is that the AL uses the designated hitter, and the NL doesn't.


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The rules are practically the same. The only difference is that the AL uses uses a Designated Hitter, and the NL doesn't.


What are changes in baseball?

The designated hitter. Used to replace pitchers in the batting order in modern baseball(only American League Teams).


What professional baseball leagues don't use the DH?

The Designated hitter is allowed only in the American League and throughout the minor leagues.


In baseball, what are innings?

The designated hitter. Used to replace pitchers in the batting order in modern Baseball(only American League Teams).


What is DH?

designated hitter. In the major leagues DH's are only used in the American League. In the NL league the pitcher has to bat. Basically it is a designated hitter for the pitchers. But when AL and NL teams play each other the AL team does need to bat their pitcher.


What determines the American and national league?

The only really stand-out difference between the two is that in the National League, the pitchers bat, and in the American League, the pitchers do not bat, and instead there is a Designated Hitter to take their place in the lineup.


In a World Series do the pitchers bat?

In the World Series the pitchers only bat when the game is played in the National League park. When the game is played in the American League park the Designated Hitter is used.


Are national league baseballs different size than american league?

No. Both leagues have to follow the same rules. The only difference is the National League chooses not to elect a Designated Hitter, as that rule is optional at the beginning of any game.


Are Baseball pitchers allowed to be at bat?

In the National Baseball League - the pitcher is not only allowed to bat - he is required to. In the American Baseball League, the pticher does not bat. He was replaced in that capacity many years ago by the "designated hitter".


What is the difference in the ball used in the American League vs the ball used in the National League?

There are no differences in the baseballs used on either league. The only difference is the American League has a Designated Hitter who bats for the pitcher, but the pitcher must bat in the National League. If a game is played between each league, the home team's rules apply.


Can a pitcher playing pinch hit?

In the National League, the pitcher is already in the batting lineup. He cannot pinch-hit for anybody else, because he would be batting out of order. In the American League, the designated hitter bats for the pitcher. If the pitcher was to bat, he would only be allowed to bat for the designated hitter, and that would remove the Designated Hitter rule for the remainder of the game. The rest of the game would have to be played normally, where the pitcher bats in the designated hitter's spot. This would not be a good idea, since most designated hitters are good hitters.


How did the rules change in baseball from 1964 till now?

The only major rules change since 1964 was the addition of the Designated Hitter rule adopted by the American League initiated in 1973.


When does the pitcher have a chance to hit?

currently, only teams in the National league allow their pitchers to hit. The American League uses the DH (designated hitter) to bat for their pitchers. However, the DH is a very recent amendment to the game. Even the American League pitchers used to hit. The DH was instituted in 1973.


Do they use designated hitters in the world series?

Only when the american league team is the home team


Is the american league baseball smaller than the national league ball?

No. Both the American and National Leagues must abide to the Official MLB Rules. The only difference between the two leagues is that the National League elects not to use the Designated Hitter Rule. Both leagues have the option to use it or not use it at the beginning of any game. Even if one team uses the Designated Hitter Rule, the other team may elect not to use it in the same game if they want to.


What does dh mean in baseball?

I think a dh stands for the designated hitter. This is an individual that is not a regular part of the 9 person Baseball team, but is actually the 10th person and is used only to substitue as a designated hitter.Designated Hitter


What are american league baseball rules?

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What does dh mean in baseball stats?

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Has the pitcher only hit at the American League ballparks in the World Series or was it started after 1974?

The history of the designated hitter in the World Series: 1973-1975: DH was NOT used in the World Series. 1976-1985: DH was used in even numbered years and not used in odd numbered years. 1986-present: DH used in American League ballparks and not used in National League ballparks.


Are the mounds in Major League Baseball different from the American Leaague to National League?

No. Both the American and National Leagues must follow the same rules listed in the Official MLB Rules. The only difference between the leagues is that the National Leagues chooses not to use the Designated Hitter rule. Both leagues have the option to use that rule if they want to, but it is not mandatory for any league to use it in any game.


Has a designated hitter won the World Series MVP award?

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