The designated hitter rules turns 40 this year, much to the delight of aging, slightly arthritic sluggers everywhere. The DH, though occasionally derided as having taken the strategy out of baseball, has kept alive the career of many hitters who find themselves somewhat less-than-adept at the half of the game that involves throwing and catching. Jayson Stark thinks that daily interleague play will eventually result in universal adoption of the designated hitter rule. Such a change would strip the American and National Leagues of any real differences, but it might be a necessity, if for no other reason than to minimize the managerial headache that comes from playing with two sets of rules.

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