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Making America a Better Place In 1973 an abomination to the game of baseball was made The designated hitter was established in the American League 27 years ago American League pitchers were pleased to know that they would never have to set foot at the plate unless they were in the rare circumstance of a World Series game held at the Stadium of the National League champs This changed many things in the game of baseball It changed the way managers handled their strategies gave pitchers an extra incentive and even defied the laws of baseball I think that the designated hitter should be removed from the game of baseball Originally the designated hitter was meant to increase the offensive output of the game because the sport of baseball was dying and the owners were willing to do anything to get the attendance up again Nocera 50 However the American League owners were the only ones willing to pick up the new rule As a result of this there has been an advantage for American League managers They now have an extra bat in the lineup and have the ability to leave their best pitchers in when there is tight situation at the plate On the other hand National League managers must either let their weak hitting pitchers step up to the plate or take the pitcher out of the game and replace him with someone out of the bullpen because he had to replace him with a pinch hitter So now the American League is no longer faced with the decision to replace its pitchers Instead they have a powerful bat in their position the whole game Instead they could replace their weak hitting pitchers for some slugger who is too slow weak or old to play the field Designated hitters are typically old washed up players that cant be replaced not because they
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