In baseball, the designated hitter is a player that bats in place of the pitcher. The position is authorized by Major League Baseball Rule 5.11, and was adopted by the American League in 1973. Since then, almost all amateur, collegiate, and professional leagues have adopted the rule or some variant with the notable exception of MLB's National League and Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League.
Definition. The designated hitter rule allows teams to use another player to bat in place of the pitcher. Because the pitcher is still part of the team's nine defensive players, the designated hitter -- or "DH" -- does not take the field on defense. The rule was adopted by the American League in 1973, while pitchers continued to hit in games played at National League parks.
The designated hitter -- or "DH" -- is a player who bats in place of the pitcher. The pitcher still handles his regular duties when his team is on defense, so the designated hitter does not play in the field. The rule was adopted by the American League in 1973, while pitchers continued to hit in games played at National League parks.
The Designated Hitter, commonly referred to as DH, is a player in the batting order to hit only but not play defense. He hits in place of the pitcher. If the DH is replaced by a player who then takes a position, the pitcher must bat in the designated hitter's place.
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The MLB Players Association voted to turn down a deal that would have implemented the universal DH (which players are in favor of), in exchange for an expanded playoff field.
1. The designated hitter (DH) is a player whose sole purpose during a game is to permanently hit and run the bases for a defensive player, usually the pitcher. The designated hitter in Major League Baseball is only allowed in the American League. However, the designated hitter is allowed to be used against and by National League teams in certain scenarios.
Designated hitter rule. 4.03 (c) Designated hitter on the lineup. Implemented in the American League in 1973, the Designated Hitter (DH) rule has migrated to most levels of amateur baseball, but in somewhat different forms. While OBR Rule 5.11 provides for a designated hitter to bat for the pitcher (and only the pitcher), most DH rules in amateur baseball leagues allow the DH to bat for any defensive player.
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