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What the Designated Hitter Rule Eliminates

Published by on May 23, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Toronto Blue Jays' manager Clarence "Cito" Gaston was familiar with the situation. In the eighth inning of a scoreless game at Atlanta, the Blue Jays had Scott Rolen on second base and one out.

Rod Barajas was the batter, with pitcher Roy Halladay on deck. Through seven innings, Halladay had faced 26 batters, making 95 pitches.

 

No Designated Hitter

Games hosted by National League teams do not use the designated hitter rule.

Clarence Gaston and Braves' manager Bobby Cox were forced into a battle of wits. Cox could intentionally walk Barajas to force Gaston's hand.

 

Pinch-Hit for Roy Halladay?

Halladay would be the scheduled batter with ...

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