Ted MacDonald

Edgar Martinez #11 of the Seattle Mariners hits a grand slam home run in the eighth inning of Game four of the 1995 American League Divisional Series against the New York Yankees at the Kingdome on October 7, 1995. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: The Impact Of Baseball’s DH

To baseball purists, the designated hitter is an abomination of the game of baseball. For better or worse though, the DH has allowed sluggers (who may be aging or not-so-good at fielding) to play a pivotal part in the game since 1973.