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The Designated Hitter: The American League’s Unfair Advantage

Since its inception the American League has dominated in season inter-league play.  Up through the 2008 season the American league had a record of 1536 wins and 1420 losses.

The American League has also dominated the All-Star game having not lost since 1996.  However, this isn't a fair measure of which league is better because a league can easily have the best group of 25-35 stars but still be the weaker league. 

A more appropriate measure is success in the playoffs.  Since the American League adopted the designated hitter in 1973 they have won 20 of the 35 World Series played.  In the 17 World Series' played since 1991 the American League has won 11 of them.

The American League has d...

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