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The designated hitter cannot be used for any other player but the pitcher. Use of the DH is optional. The manager must designate a DH prior to the start of the game; failure to do so forfeits the right to use the DH, and the pitcher must then take his turn at bat.

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Does the pitcher in a Major League Baseball game get to hit?

There are two leagues in American major league baseball, the American League and the National League. The American League has the designated hitter rule which allows for someone other than the pitcher to bat in the pitcher's place. The pitcher does not bat in the American League. The National League does not have the designated hitter rule. The pitcher does bat in the National League.


In what league does the pitcher bat in?

The National League. The American League has a designated hitter.


What is the diffrance in American league and national league in baseball?

The American League uses the Designated hitter, and the pitcher does not bat as in the National League.


In the American league can the dh rule be optional?

Yes, but then the pitcher would have to bat


Who was the last pitcher to bat in starting lineup in American league game?

Andy Sonnastine


Can an national league teams use a dH instead of a pitcher to bat?

The only time a National League team can use a DH is when they are playing against an American League in their stadium (so the National League team would be visitors). The opposite is true for the American League.. if they are playing a National League team in their stadium (so the American League would be visitors) they are required to have their pitcher bat


Did the pitcher use to bat in the World Series?

The pitchers bat in the world series when it's played in a national league park, they use a DH in an American league park.


Is the weight of a baseball different between the National league and the American league?

no... the only difference between American and national league is that there is a DH in the roster for American league and the pitcher doesnt bat in American league... other than that it is exactly the same


Are Baseball pitchers allowed to be at bat?

In the National Baseball League - the pitcher is not only allowed to bat - he is required to. In the American Baseball League, the pticher does not bat. He was replaced in that capacity many years ago by the "designated hitter".


When did the pitcher have to start batting in the national league?

Pitchers have always taken their turn at bat in the national league. Only the American league has a "designated hitter". - bill


Is the baseball batter can be any of the players in baseball?

Technically, yes.In the AMERICAN LEAGUE, the pitcher can bat, but is usually batted for with a designated hitter.In the NATIONAL LEAGUE the pitcher always bats,In both leagues, all the other players bat regularly.


Do American league pitchers bat?

There is no rule saying any pictures cannot bat. Usually (almost always) in American League games the pitchers do not bat and a designated hitter bats instead. When AL teams play in National league ballparks, they must play by NL rules and so the pitcher bats.


What is DH?

designated hitter. In the major leagues DH's are only used in the American League. In the NL league the pitcher has to bat. Basically it is a designated hitter for the pitchers. But when AL and NL teams play each other the AL team does need to bat their pitcher.


What is the difference in the ball used in the American League vs the ball used in the National League?

There are no differences in the baseballs used on either league. The only difference is the American League has a Designated Hitter who bats for the pitcher, but the pitcher must bat in the National League. If a game is played between each league, the home team's rules apply.


How many batters are in a baseball lineup?

9. In the National League, all position players will receive a turn to bat. In the American League, the pitcher traditionally doesn't bat and in his spot in the lineup, a designated hitter is used.


Can a pitcher be changed during an at bat in major league baseball?

Yes a pitcher can be changed at any point during an at bat. Pitcher's are sometimes taken out after throwing 1 ball.


How do you decide to let a pitcher bat or use a desiganted hitter?

In the American League, it's the manager's choice to use a D.H. or not In the National League, using a D.H. is not an option because it's against the league rules.


Can a starting pitcher bat instead of DH in American League of MLB?

It's perfectly legal to do so, but no AL manager has made that choice since 1976.


Why does the MLB pitchers bat in one league and not the other?

the rules in the American league changed


Who is the best pitcher in the American league?

C.C Sabathia


In which league is there a designated hitter for the pitcher in MLB?

American League since 1973


Who was the Last American league pitcher to hit before the DH went in to effect?

The American League began using the DH in the 1973 season. The last AL pitcher to bat in the 1972 season was Rollie Fingers of the Oakland Athletics in Game 7 of the World Series. He grounded out to 3rd base in the 9th inning.


What determines the American and national league?

The only really stand-out difference between the two is that in the National League, the pitchers bat, and in the American League, the pitchers do not bat, and instead there is a Designated Hitter to take their place in the lineup.


What is the difference btween pitching in the American League and pitching in the National League?

The main difference between pitching in the American League and the National League is that in the American League, the Pitcher has to pitch to all nine batters. In the National League, the Pitcher has to pitch to nine batters as well but the batter in the ninth spot is the opposing Pitcher and Pitchers aren't typically very skilled at batting.


Who was the first African American pitcher?

Dan Bankhead was the first African-American pitcher to play in a major league game.