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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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+ - 273 95
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Frank Thomas Designated hitter, First baseman

3
+ - 316 124
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Edgar Martínez Designated hitter, Third baseman

4
+ - 203 88
Paul Molitor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Paul Molitor Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman

5
+ - 186 68
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jim Thome First baseman

6
+ - 166 57
Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Reggie Jackson Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

7
+ - 133 75
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Harold Baines Designated hitter, Right fielder

8
+ - 82 28
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Eddie Murray Designated hitter, First baseman

9
+ - 113 56
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Dave Winfield Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

10
+ - 105 69
Don Baylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Don Baylor Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

11
+ - 65 20
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jim Rice Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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+ - 93 60
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

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+ - 57 14
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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+ - 73 69
Chili Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chili Davis Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

15
+ - 83 72
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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+ - 49 18
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Víctor Martínez Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

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+ - 51 13
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Carl Yastrzemski Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

18
+ - 81 65
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Kirk Gibson Manager, Outfielder

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+ - 67 56
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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+ - 66 74
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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+ - 32 8
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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+ - 49 54
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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+ - 46 59
Mike Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Mike Sweeney Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

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+ - 44 55
Travis Hafner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Travis Hafner Designated hitter

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+ - 41 73
Brian Downing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Brian Downing Designated hitter, Left fielder, Catcher

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+ - 33 40
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jose Canseco Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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+ - 24 16
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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+ - 39 54
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Willie Horton Designated hitter, Left fielder

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+ - 37 55
Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Greg Luzinski Designated hitter, Left fielder

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+ - 13 5
Adam Dunn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Adam Dunn Designated hitter, Outfielder, First baseman

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+ - 48 19
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Babe Ruth Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

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+ - 31 38
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

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+ - 28 68
Andre Thornton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Andre Thornton Designated hitter, First baseman

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+ - 9 9
Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ellis Burks Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

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+ - 18 15
Rusty Staub is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rusty Staub Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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+ - 16 19
Rubén Sierra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rubén Sierra Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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+ - 26 55
Danny Tartabull is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Danny Tartabull Right fielder

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+ - 16 19
Cliff Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Cliff Johnson Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

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+ - 12 10
Ken Singleton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ken Singleton Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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+ - 28 12
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Yogi Berra Manager, Outfielder, Catcher

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+ - 11 16
Jeff Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jeff Burroughs Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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+ - 17 25
Billy Butler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Billy Butler Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman

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+ - 11 20
Dmitri Young is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Dmitri Young Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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+ - 7 16
Ken Phelps is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ken Phelps Designated hitter, First baseman

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+ - 9 18
Darrell Evans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Darrell Evans First baseman, Third baseman

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+ - 9 20
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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+ - 4 4
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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+ - 7 2
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Albert Pujols First baseman

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+ - 4 1
Corey Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time

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+ - 2 0
Nelson Cruz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Nelson Cruz Right fielder