Why does the American League employ the "Designated Hitter" while in the National League the pitcher bats?

It’s all "Major League Baseball". It doesn’t make sense for the 2 leagues to use a different set of rules.


  1. sarrafzedehkhoee says:

    The National League prefers to play baseball. The American League hasn’t the sense a bowl or Raisin Bran has.

  2. keith m says:

    Well both leagues started playing baseball, then in the 1970′s the American League decided to stop and turn their league into a HR Derby season with the DH Rule. Basically both leagues used use the pitcher in their batting lineup, but in 1973 the AL decided that he doesnt have to hit .

    The American league is full of power hitters, the National league is full of baseball players.

  3. Bob says:

    Both leagues play by the same set of rules. The rules give leagues the option of using a Designated Hitter (for the pitcher only), or not. The American League uses the option, the National League doesn’t.

    6.10 Any League may elect to use the Designated Hitter Rule.

    (a) In the event of inter league competition between clubs of Leagues using the Designated Hitter Rule and clubs of Leagues not using the Designated Hitter Rule, the rule will be used as follows:

    1. In World Series or exhibition games, the rule will be used or not used as is the practice of the home team.

    2. In All Star games, the rule will only be used if both teams and both Leagues so agree.

    (b) The Rule provides as follows: A hitter may be designated to bat for the starting pitcher and all subsequent pitchers in any game without otherwise affecting the status of the pitcher(s) in the game. A Designated Hitter for the pitcher must be selected prior to the game and must be included in the lineup cards presented to the Umpire in Chief. The designated hitter named in the starting lineup must come to bat at least one time, unless the opposing club changes pitchers. It is not mandatory that a club designate a hitter for the pitcher, but failure to do so prior to the game precludes the use of a Designated Hitter for that game. Pinch hitters for a Designated Hitter may be used. Any substitute hitter for a Designated Hitter becomes the Designated Hitter. A replaced Designated Hitter shall not re enter the game in any capacity.


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