Swing, Then Miss it: MLB Pitchers Could Bat For Final Time

Oct 31, 2021, 3:34 PM
Zack Greinke #21 of the Houston Astros...
Zack Greinke #21 of the Houston Astros hits a single against Kyle Wright (not pictured) of the Atlanta Braves during the second inning in Game Four of the World Series at Truist Park on October 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Game 5 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves could represent a historic moment for Major League Baseball.

It might be the final time a pitcher appears 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 will be at Truist Park in Atlanta, meaning the Braves and Astros will both list pitchers in the lineup.

But regardless of the result, it will be the last game in an NL ballpark this season.

So it might just mark the end of an era.


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