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  Major League Baseball's Rule of the DH
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 may be used defensively, continuing to bat in the same position in the batting order, but the pitcher must then bat in the place of the substituted defensive player, unless more than one substitution is made, and the manager then must designate their spots in the batting order.
A runner may be substituted for the Designated Hitter and the runner assumes the role of Designated Hitter.
abolishthedh.stonegauge.com /rule.htm   (486 words)

 Designated hitter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab-3.cs.princeton.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
A designated hitter (often shortened to "DH"), is an official position adopted by Major League Baseball's American League in 1973 that allowed teams to boost sagging offensive performances by designating a player to bat in place of the pitcher.
The role of the designated hitter in the controversial interleague play schedule, implemented in 1997, is used or not used depending on which league the home team is a member of.
In college baseball, NCAA rules state that the designated hitter must hit for the pitcher, but in many instances the pitcher is also a good hitter, and the coach may elect to let the pitcher bat in the lineup.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/Designated_hitter   (1663 words)

 Designated hitter - BR Bullpen
The Designated Hitter is used only in the American League (since 1973) and was never adopted in the National League.
While critics of the DH suggest that it was designed to allow poor fielders to remain in the game despite their defensive flaws, it has not always been used that way.
Many Designated Hitters have been players who were capable fielders who were injury prone and kept from fielding to preserve their health.
www.baseball-reference.com /bullpen/Designated_hitter   (751 words)

 Designated hitter - Gurupedia
A designated hitter (DH) is a baseball player who is chosen at the start of a game to bat in lieu of the pitcher in the lineup.
While in the lineup, the designated hitter may not play a field position, and he may only be replaced by another player not currently in the lineup.
If the designated hitter becomes a regular position player at any point during the game (usually by substituting for another player), his team forfeits the designated hitter position and the pitcher must bat in the substituted player's spot in the batting order.
www.gurupedia.com /d/dh/dh.htm   (573 words)

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Oldest DH: Former Indians outfielder Orestes ``Minnie'' Minoso served as a designated hitter for the White Sox during the 1976 season as a spry 53-year-old.
The first conception of a designated hitter, a baseball player who would not take the field during the game, only bat for the pitcher’s position, was in 1906.
This is possibly the reason why so few natural designated hitters (players who played as DH all or nearly all of their career) are in the National Baseball Hall-Of-Fame.
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 Ortiz's record blasts drop Twins back - Boston.com (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab-3.cs.princeton.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Boston's designated hitter slammed his 51st and 52nd homers of the season, breaking Jimmie Foxx's team record of 50 set in 1938, and the Red Sox sent Twins ace Johan Santana to his first loss since the All-Star break with a 6-0 win...
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is congratulated by teammates as he returns to the dugout after he hit his 52nd home run of the season, and second of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park in Boston on Thursday night, Sept. 21, 2006.
Boston's designated hitter slammed his 51st and 52nd homers of the season, breaking Jimmie Foxx's team record of 50 set in 1938, and the Red Sox sent Twins ace Johan Santana to his first loss since the All-Star break with a 6-0 win Thursday night.
www.boston.com.cob-web.org:8888 /sports/baseball/articles/2006/09/22/ortiz_breaks_red_soxs_home_run_record   (1360 words)

 Why Offense Has Increased: Part 2 -- The Designated Hitter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
If the designated hitter were used defensively, the team would "lose" its designated hitter position and the pitcher or replaced defensive player would be required to bat.
It is ironic that the American League has the designated hitter because many years ago, in December, 1928, National League President John Heydler proposed designated hitters for pitchers.
The ramifications of the designated hitter rule are enormous.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/yankees_no_more_no_less/110908   (431 words)

 Designated Hitter Rule in the World Series - Baseball
Because the designated hitter (a 10th player is added to the starting line-up to hit for the pitcher) is only used in the American League, in the World Series the home team’s rule applies.
It allows for good hitters to enjoy or extend a career that might not have the quick step to play on defense, but can hit the ball well and contribute to a team.
Teams and managers approach how they fill out their rosters and starting lineups based on whether a designated hitter is used or not.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art25441.asp   (396 words)

 USATODAY.com - Designated sluggers leading the way in AL   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The top four home run hitters in the American League —David Ortiz, Jim Thome, Jason Giambi and Travis Hafner— are all primarily designated hitters.
Across the AL, production from the position has increased, with designated hitters hitting a homer in every 20 at-bats, compared with one in every 25 at-bats in each of the previous three years.
He is one of many American League designated hitters changing the meaning of the position in 2006.
www.usatoday.com /sports/baseball/2006-07-16-designated-hitters_x.htm   (412 words)

 NLF News - Designated Hitter Profiles
Big Papi is one of the best hitters in the majors, but his fantasy value is crimped somewhat in that in many leagues he's only eligible at DH.
Huff was by all accounts healthy, and good young hitters like him very rarely shed 65 points off their slugging percentage in their age-28 season.
Rivera can hit, and is about three times the hitter Darin Erstad is, but the Angels are on the hook for $8 million for, at this point, a player who is, at best, a designated hustler.
www.profantasysports.com /pp.php?PID=1952   (1446 words)

 baseball DH editorial
If the designated hitter rule was a drastic alteration or just increased offense, I would be against it, but neither is true.
The designated hitter rule improves pitching by allowing pitchers to come out of the game when they become ineffective, rather than due to managerial moves based on the dictates of the game.
Thus, the designated hitter rule, when maximized, potentially improves all facets of the quality of play: more hitting (as everyone agrees), better pitching and defense, and faster players on the bases in clutch situations.
home.comcast.net /~jhbaseballpages/DH.htm   (1026 words)

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.
James analyzed sacrifice hits and the use of pinch hitters between 1968 and 1983 and concluded that the rule actually increases managerial strategy.
It is true, according to James' research, that the overall number of bunts and use of pinch hitters decreased once the DH Rule was imposed.
www.cosmicbaseball.com /dhrule.html   (1193 words)

 Designated Hitter Quotes by Baseball Almanac
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present an unprecedented collection of baseball related quotationss spoken about the designated hitter, for the designated hitter and against the designated hitter.
That was the initial reason for authorizing the designated hitter and I think that reason still pertains.
The designated hitter was a logical response and it had some real benefits.
www.baseball-almanac.com /quotes/designated_hitter_quotes.shtml   (3942 words)

 ESPN.com - Major League Baseball - Player ratings: Designated hitter
Despite being a contact hitter with a great physique, he develops little power and is injury-prone.
Still a terrific designated hitter when healthy, but his value is somewhat overstated thanks to his 1997 season and the general fearsomeness of the Indians lineup
Segui is an adequate hitter, but his value drops with his glove in his locker.
espn.go.com /mlb/s/ratings/dh.html   (845 words)

 American League Designated Hitter History (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab-3.cs.princeton.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive look at every American League team and their first designated hitter, the date of the game, links to box scores and more.
Ron Blomberg was the first designated hitter in American League history and Glenallen Hill was the first non-Series designated history in National League history.
Tony Oliva was the first designated hitter to hit a home run in American League history and Rickey Henderson was the first designated hitter to hit a home run in National League history.
www.baseball-almanac.com.cob-web.org:8888 /firsts/teamdh.shtml   (151 words)

 Abolish the Designated Hitter from Major League Baseball (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab-3.cs.princeton.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Abolish the Designated Hitter from Major League Baseball (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab-3.cs.princeton.edu)
As much as I dislike the Designated Hitter and as much as the argument should continue, after 7 years of Abolish the DH it's time to shut things down.
Thanks to the hundreds of visitors who have contacted me with regards to questions, comments and concerns aobut hte Designated Hitter...
abolishthedh.stonegauge.com.cob-web.org:8888   (83 words)

 The Straight Dope: What is the designated hitter rule in baseball (And why)? (via CobWeb/3.1 ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
I understand that the designated hitter bats for a pitcher, but that's about it.
I have seen games where the designated hitter suddenly plays defense.
Moral Hazard and the Effects of the Designated Hitter Rule on Hit Batsmen" (July 1997) is someone you want to pay attention to.
www.straightdope.com.cob-web.org:8888 /columns/030905.html   (613 words)

 Baseball Pitching Training Aids, Baseball Training Equipment Pitching by Big Z Sports
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www.thedesignatedhitter.com /testimonials.html   (971 words)

 NIGHT OWL MK. II -- Philosophy/Designated Hitter
I think that there is little question that it should be retained and used in both major leagues.
The major advantage is obvious and well-documented: it gets a real hitter into the lineup in place of the pitcher.
The pitcher's job is purely defensive in nature - as opposed to the rest of his team, who must contribute both in the field and at the plate.
www.bakkster.com /dh.htm   (510 words)

 Outstanding Designated Hitter Award by the Associated Press on Baseball Almanac (via CobWeb/3.1 ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The Outstanding Designated Hitter Award is given each year by members of the Associated Press who are beat writers, broadcasters, and public relations directors.
The award was given out during the first year of the designated hitter and has been an annual tradition ever since.
Most fans know who the first designated hitter was, but do you know who the first player was from each American League team?
www.baseball-almanac.com.cob-web.org:8888 /awards/aw_out.shtml   (198 words)

 Brief History of the Designated Hitter
The Boston Red Sox signed the former NL MVP on Jan. 18, 1973, one week after the DH was approved as a three-year experiment.
OLDEST DH (--) Former Indians outfielder Orestes ``Minnie'' Minoso served as a designated hitter for the White Sox during the 1976 season as a spry 53-year-old.
Blake Redabaugh went out and did his own report on the Designated Hitter for his Senior Project in school.
web.tampabay.rr.com /rtfldgr/history.htm   (779 words)

 Advent of Designated Hitter - NetShrine Discussion Forum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
I thought this question about the history of the Designated Hitter would best belong here in the Baseball History forum, but if I have erroneously posted in the wrong forum, please forgive my ineptitude and promptly relocate this thread to a more appropriate location...
When my younger brother (currently a high school senior) approached me about writing a research paper on the topic of the designated hitter, I regretfully informed him that I didn't really know much about the history of the game regarding the DH, and how it has changed baseball.
I was wondering if any of you guys could point me in the direction of resources/analysis/etc. regarding the history of the designated hitter, its affect on baseball, and the like.
www.netshrine.com /vbulletin2/showthread.php?t=12358   (468 words)

 Sports Forums - Designated Hitter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
My dad keeps telling me how the designated hitter is ruining the game of Baseball - how it's not like the good old days.
I hate the way National League pitchers work around the 8th place hitter with 2 outs, knowing someone batting.082 is on deck.
There were games when Casey pulled Whitey to get a hitter in the 9 th spot and may not have if the DH rule was in place.
www.sports-chat.com /forums/printthread.php?t=147   (1068 words)

 NIGHT OWL MK. II -- Philosophy/Designated Hitter (Reply #9)
Since it would have taken a base hit to score him in the first place and since a failed attempt to get a base hit might still move the runner up, it would seem that the sacrifice does nothing more than give up a precious out for very little in return.
In fact, the opposition may well intentionally walk the leadoff hitter after a successful sacrifice, setting up a force play and taking their chances with the normally less-dangerous second-place hitter.
Also, the.280 hitter is more likely to get extra base hits than is the.200 hitter.
www.bakkster.com /r_dh9.htm   (1160 words)

 Designated Hitter - Baseball Fever
Finally, the DH rule has provided some sluggers with the opportunity to extend their careers, and this in turn allows some youngsters to see some stellar players in the twilight of their playing days that would have already retired before the little shavers had the chance to watch some legendary figures perform.
And for decades, teams had to play great hitters who were bad defenders just to get their bat into the game.
The designated benchwarmer, uh, I mean hitter, is a terrible rule which takes a lot of strategy out of the game.
www.baseball-fever.com /showthread.php?t=39099   (2745 words)

 Detroit Tigers : Tickets : Designated Hitter Rewards Program   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
For example, 81 games X (4 season tickets) = 324 tickets @75% utilization rate = 243 tickets must be used to be eligible for the "Trip to Florida" reward.
Credit will only be given for tickets used on the scheduled game date or designated make-up date in the case of a rainout or cancellation.
Those who qualify for the 80%+ reward (dugout jacket), are also eligible to win one prize amongst the remaining categories.
www.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/det/ticketing/det_ticketing_season_designatedhitter.jsp   (437 words)

 ABC News: Twins acquire designated hitter Rondell White   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Minnesota agreed to a contract with Rondell White that guarantees the DH $3.25 million for one year and could be worth up to $8.5 million over two seasons.
White agreed Thursday to a contract with the Minnesota Twins that guarantees the 33-year-old $3.25 million for one year and could be worth up to $8.5 million over two seasons if he plays regularly.
He hit 19 homers in 2004 in just 121 games, was an NL All Star in 2003 and hit a career-high 28 home runs in 153 games with Montreal in 1997.
abcnews.go.com /Sports/ESPNSports/story?id=1433560   (701 words)

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