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Swing, then miss it: MLB pitchers could bat for final time


AP Baseball Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Game 5 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves might have represented a historic moment for Major League Baseball. It could have been the final time a pitcher appeared in the batting order. There’s a good chance the designated hitter will come to the National League next year, most likely on a permanent basis. The DH debate has raged since the American League first used it in 1973. Game 5 was at Truist Park in Atlanta, meaning the Braves and Astros both listed pitchers in the lineup. The Astros won 9-5 in the last game at an NL ballpark this season. So it might just mark the end of an era.

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