This is the 32nd year in which the American League has been under the Designated Hitter rule, where a hitter not playing a position in the field can bat for the pitcher. At the time this rule was adopted, there was sound reasoning behind it—the A.L. had less hitting and fewer star players than the N.L. and less attendance at its games. The DH rule did begin to rectify these things; so much so, in 1973, that the original rule— initially put in only as a “3 year experiment”—was made permanent after its first season. There were more hits, more homeruns, greater game attendance, and the effect of allowing some players, whose fielding skills had diminished, to continue their careers longer. But one of the main arguments against the rule was that it removes ‘strategy’ from the game by taking away a manager’s choice as to whether to keep a pitcher in the game, when batting skill, which the vast majority of pitchers did not have, was urgently needed. On the other hand, supporters of the rule contend that a pitcher who still has ‘good stuff’ should not have to be taken out of the game because of not having a skill that his position with the team is not evaluated upon in the first place. And even though the National League has continually refused to adopt the DH rule, all the minor leagues and most amateur leagues also use it. Thus, at first the A.L. was the anomaly, but for 30 years the N.L. has been. Today, however, are there still reasons to have the Designated Hitter rule? With the greater size and strength of today’s athletes, including baseball players, there is no lack of power hitting in either league-- though this is also largely because of expansion, meaning that pitching talent is much more diluted than when there were fewer teams. Fan attendance, as well as TV revenues and corporate sponsorships have made the money coming into sports astronomical compared to 30+ years ago. So, if there is no lack of offense and no lack of attendance and revenues, should the Designated Hitter rule be scrapped? Note: the last 4 questions are quizzes based upon the current major league statistics for this year as of this date.