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DH firmly in place in American League

The designated hitter debuted in 1973. And signs point to it remaining in place for the foreseeable future.

Originally Published: February 3, 2004
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

For years, it was the pointed subject of debate, and there was no middle ground.

You either loved the concept of the DH -- designated hitter -- or you hated it. Battles lines were drawn; nobody was right if everybody was wrong.

But as one of the most radical rule changes to the game in modern baseball enters its fourth decade -- it was introduced in 1973 -- it's become part of the landscape.

Controversy? What controversy?

Arguing over its merit now seems like a pointless ...

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