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Plenty of players' careers extended thanks to DH

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Harold Baines extended his career by 12 years thanks to the designated hitter rule that was adopted by the American League in 1973.

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Frank Thomas benefitted greatly from the DH rule.

BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

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The upcoming season marks the 40th anniversary of the American League adopting the designated hitter. As Harold Baines points out, the DH allows older, injury-plagued stars to keep on playing.
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    • Harold Baines extended his career by 12 years thanks to the designated hitter rule that was adopted by the American League in 1973.
    •  Frank Thomas benefitted greatly from the DH rule.
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