Through the years, baseball has inspired many a rivalry and controversy between fans. Heated rivalries include Yankees v Red Sox, Yankees v Mets, and Yankees v whichever team is on the field. There have been countless debates about where Babe Ruth was pointing or whether Steve Bartman should have even been reaching for that foul ball. While these are all heated discussions, no discussion in baseball is hotter than the debate over whether or not a team should use a designated hitter.
To explain: There are nine players on the field when a team is playing defense. First, second, and third base; short stop; left, right, and center field; catcher; and pitcher. Major League Baseball (MLB) is divided into the National League (NL) and the American League (AL). In the NL, the nine defensive players make up the batting line-up (which batter goes next) when a team is on offense; in the AL, however, the ninth batter is called a “designated hitter” or and the pitcher does not have an at