• In 1973, AL team owners voted to institute the Designated Hitter (DH). This player does not have a fielding position. His only job is to bat in place of the pitcher (as a rule, pitchers aren't good hitters because their concentration on pitching skills prevents them from devoting the necessary time to developing their hitting skills). AL owners felt the new rule would add considerable offense to the game, which would be attractive to fans. The NL has never adopted the DH, so its pitchers take their turn at bat, or are replaced by pinch hitters and must leave the game. In interleague games, the DH rule is used for games in AL parks and is not used in NL parks.
  • Because the American League has the designated hitter rule while the National League doesn't, so pitchers are still required to hit.

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