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DH remains a big part of baseball

Two distinct camps remain: those who like pitcher hitting, and those who do not

Originally Published: April 4, 2013
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Forty years after Ron Blomberg stepped in the box as the first designated hitter in major league history, Royals manager Ned Yost sat in his office at spring training in Surprise, Ariz., showed a writer his lineup for that day's game and said, "We're playing the Cubs today at their place. They're using a DH, and our pitcher is hitting. What's going on here?"

It's the DH. It is 40 years old, and despite its relative popularity, it remains a source of consternation, controversy and ...

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