@Reminiscence- I respectfully disagree when it comes to the designated hitter debate. I think the strategy of the game should include the fact that a pitcher is going to be a weak hitter. Because of his knees, a catcher may also be a slow base runner. Every defensive position has an affect on the player's hitting and running ability.
I don't think the American League should be forced to give up the designated hitter position, however. It's probably helped a lot of good pitchers extend their playing careers, since they can focus on the mechanics of pitching and not the mechanics of batting. As long as teams avoid using a specialized power hitter as a permanent DH, I don't have a problem with it. I just prefer the strategy of playing to a pitcher as a hitter.