More than half of polled baseball fans prefer having the pitcher hit

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A poll released on May 14 by Public Policy Polling revealed that 55 percent of major league baseball fans who responded prefer having the pitcher hit. 33 percent prefer the designated hitter, and 12 percent aren’t sure. The poll can be found here, and the relevant question is q16.

The DH debate was recently in the spotlight again when Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright suffered a season-ending Achilles injury running out of the batter’s box and Nationals starter Max Scherzer sprained his thumb while hitting. Scherzer said the National League should adopt the DH rule.