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Yes, but then the pitcher would have to bat

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Q: In the American league can the dh rule be optional?
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When the American league and national league baseball teams play does the DH rule apply?

There is a DH if the game is played in the American League team's ballpark. There is no DH if the game is played in the National League team's ballpark.


Do college teams use the dh rule?

Yes, it is optional.


Why is there no dh for the National league?

The owners of the National League have decided not to adopted the DH rule the way the American League owners have. As things look now, it doesn't appear as if the DH will ever be in the National League. Even in the American League, the DH is a recent addition. The American League (founded as a part of MLB in 1901) let their pitchers hit, just like the National League teams all the way til 1973.


Do the American league teams have an atvantage because of designated hitter rule?

No, the national league pitchers have to bat and all national league teams play by taht rule and all American league teams have a DH


How many baseball teams does japan have?

9, just like in the U.S. The Pacific League has the designated hitter rule so there are ten with the DH and pitcher (like in the American League). The Central League does not used the DH.


Why does the National League not have a designated hitter?

They don't have a DH spot because in the American league the DH spot is someone batting for the pitcher because being so busy perfecting there pitcthing they don't have time to have batting practice but in the national league they still have the pitchers bat which fills in the dh spot its just a diffrent rule i think


Do American league teams have to use a DH?

Yes


What does DH mean?

It means designated hitter in baseball, the DH hits for the pitcher in the American league


Can an American League pitcher bat?

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.


What was Ron Bloomberg famous for?

He was the first DH in the American League


Is there a designated hitter in the Japanese baseball league?

There are two major leagues in Japanese baseball, the Central League and the Pacific League. The Central League adopted the DH in 1975 but the Pacific League does not use the DH. Interleague play began in 2005 and the Pacific League now uses the DH when playing in a Central League team's park, similar to how the National League uses the DH when playing in an American League park.


When does the pitcher have a chance to hit?

currently, only teams in the National league allow their pitchers to hit. The American League uses the DH (designated hitter) to bat for their pitchers. However, the DH is a very recent amendment to the game. Even the American League pitchers used to hit. The DH was instituted in 1973.