American League

There are two separate entities that comprise the United States and Canada’s Major League Baseball organization - the National League (NL) and the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The American League, often abbreviated as AL, was originally a minor league from the Great Lakes states. What sets it apart from NL is its designated hitter rule. Unlike the original rule wherein it’s necessary for the pitcher to hit, AL’s designated hitter rule allows a team to choose a batter from their lineup.


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