best athletes The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time  

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List Rules Only players who were Designated Hitters for a few seasons, not a game and here and there

Who are the best all-time designated hitters? These guys are sent to the plate to hack away, and that's just what they do, time and time again. The greatest designated hitters of all time include some of the best baseball players in history. These DH players are true game changers, stepping up to the plate and giving it their all. Vote for the MLB designated hitters that you think are the best ever, vote down any you don't think deserve a spot here and rerank this list of players in any order you want. The designated hitter is perhaps one of the most specialized positions in baseball. These are the players who bat for the pitchers. Each team gets just one DH, and, interestingly enough, the DH rule was only adopted by the American League (that may change, eventually). Designated hitters, especially those on this list, are brought in to up a team's offense with more hits and (hopefully) more runs. Some of the greats listed here are among the best hitters in baseball history (Edgar Martinez, anyone?) and some players are included on this list of the best current baseball players, too.

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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
David Ortiz Designated hitter, First baseman

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Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Frank Thomas Designated hitter, First baseman

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Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Edgar Martínez Designated hitter, Third baseman

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Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jim Thome First baseman

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Paul Molitor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Paul Molitor Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman

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Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Reggie Jackson Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Harold Baines Designated hitter, Right fielder

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Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Dave Winfield Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Eddie Murray Designated hitter, First baseman

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Don Baylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Don Baylor Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

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Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jim Rice Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ken Griffey, Jr. Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Chili Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chili Davis Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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Hal McRae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Hal McRae Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Kirk Gibson Manager, Outfielder

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Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Víctor Martínez Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

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Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Carl Yastrzemski Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Hideki Matsui is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Hideki Matsui Designated hitter, Left fielder, Center fielder

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Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jason Giambi Designated hitter, First baseman

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Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Bo Jackson Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Dave Kingman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Dave Kingman Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Travis Hafner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Travis Hafner Designated hitter

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Mike Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Mike Sweeney Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

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Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jose Canseco Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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Brian Downing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Brian Downing Designated hitter, Left fielder, Catcher

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Raúl Ibañez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Raúl Ibañez Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Adam Dunn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Adam Dunn Designated hitter, Outfielder, First baseman

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Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Willie Horton Designated hitter, Left fielder

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Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Greg Luzinski Designated hitter, Left fielder

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Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ellis Burks Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Babe Ruth Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

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Andre Thornton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Andre Thornton Designated hitter, First baseman

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Rubén Sierra is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rubén Sierra Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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Cliff Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Cliff Johnson Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

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Rusty Staub is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rusty Staub Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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Danny Tartabull is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Danny Tartabull Right fielder

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Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Yogi Berra Manager, Outfielder, Catcher

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Ken Singleton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ken Singleton Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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Billy Butler is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Billy Butler Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman

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Dmitri Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Dmitri Young Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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Jeff Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jeff Burroughs Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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Darrell Evans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Darrell Evans First baseman, Third baseman

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Ken Phelps is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ken Phelps Designated hitter, First baseman

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Steve Balboni is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Steve Balboni Designated hitter, First baseman

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Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Dwight Evans Right fielder

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Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Carlos Santana Designated hitter, Left fielder, Catcher

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Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Albert Pujols First baseman

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Shin-Soo Choo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Shin-Soo Choo Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder