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A '''designated hitter''' (abbreviated as DH) is a position in [[baseball]]. Designated hitters do not play defensive positions, and only bat. They do so in place of the pitcher. The designated hitter was controversially introduced by [[Major League Baseball]]'s American League in 1973, and most leagues use the position now, the most notable exception being Major League Baseball's National League. To this day, many baseball purists feel that this dilutes the game and that pitchers should bat. Although American League teams are not required to assign a designated hitter, in practice, all do.
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== See also ==
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*[[Baseball]]
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*[[Major League Baseball]]
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== External links ==
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*[http://mlb.mlb.com/index.jsp The Official Site of Major League Baseball]
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*[http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp Minor League Baseball]
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*[http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/features/alumni/article.jsp?article=history BASEBALL HISTORY] Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
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*[http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/features/alumni/stats.jsp Stats]
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== References ==
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*[http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/baseball/beginners/glossary.html Baseball Glossary] WETA.
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*[http://www.nocryinginbaseball.com/glossary/glossary.html Baseball Glossary OF TERMS]
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*[http://www.baseball-reference.com/about/pitch_glossary.shtml Pitching Glossary]
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*[http://www.baseball-reference.com/about/bat_glossary.shtml Batting Glossary]
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*[http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/index.jsp Hall of Fame] National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc.
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Revision as of 18:22, 16 November 2007

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A designated hitter (abbreviated as DH) is a position in baseball. Designated hitters do not play defensive positions, and only bat. They do so in place of the pitcher. The designated hitter was controversially introduced by Major League Baseball's American League in 1973, and most leagues use the position now, the most notable exception being Major League Baseball's National League. To this day, many baseball purists feel that this dilutes the game and that pitchers should bat. Although American League teams are not required to assign a designated hitter, in practice, all do.


See also

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References