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Who is the best MLB designated hitter of the 2014 season? The position of designated hitter is unique as it only exists in the American League, not the National League. Designated hitters need to have a strong bat as they are responsible for hitting and driving in runs, batting in place of the pitcher. This list has been ranked by baseball fans with the best major league designated hitters of 2014.

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The best MLB designated hitters of 2014 on this list include players such as Yoenis Cespedes, Albert Pujols, Alex Gordon, and Corey Hart. The best designated hitters in Major League Baseball are all supremely talented with the with the bat. Through 162 games these best designated hitters will help their teams jockey for post-season position.

Vote up the best designated hitter of the 2014 Major League season or add the designated hitter you would call up if he isn't already on the list.

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David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
David Ortiz Designated hitter, First baseman - Red Sox

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Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Albert Pujols First baseman - Angels

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Yoenis Céspedes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Yoenis Céspedes Outfielder, Center fielder - Athletics

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Joe Mauer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Joe Mauer Outfielder, Catcher, First baseman - Twins

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Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Víctor Martínez Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman - Tigers

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Coco Crisp is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Coco Crisp Left fielder, Center fielder - Athletics

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Nelson Cruz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Nelson Cruz Right fielder - Orioles

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Edwin Encarnacion is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Edwin Encarnacion Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman - Reds

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Josh Willingham is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Josh Willingham Right fielder, Left fielder, First baseman - Twins

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Alex Gordon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Alex Gordon Left fielder, Third baseman - Royals

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Adam Dunn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Adam Dunn Designated hitter, Outfielder, First baseman - White Sox

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Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Carlos Santana Designated hitter, Left fielder, Catcher - Indians

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Vernon Wells is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Vernon Wells Left fielder, Center fielder - Yankees

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Josh Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Josh Hamilton Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder - Angels

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Kendrys Morales is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Kendrys Morales Designated hitter, First baseman - Mariners

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Delmon Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Delmon Young Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder - Orioles

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Raúl Ibañez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Raúl Ibañez Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder - Angels

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Billy Butler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Billy Butler Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman - Royals

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Adam Lind is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Adam Lind Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman - Blue Jays

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Seth Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Seth Smith Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder - Padres

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Matt Joyce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Matt Joyce Outfielder - Rays

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Danny Valencia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Danny Valencia Third baseman - Royals

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Travis Hafner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Travis Hafner Designated hitter - Yankees

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Steve Pearce is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Steve Pearce Right fielder, First baseman - Orioles

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Ryan Doumit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Ryan Doumit Designated hitter, Right fielder, Catcher - Braves

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Paul Konerko is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Paul Konerko Infielder, First baseman - White Sox

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Nick Swisher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Nick Swisher Right fielder, Outfielder, First baseman - Indians

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Carlos Peña is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Carlos Peña First baseman - Astros

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Melky Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Melky Cabrera Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder - Blue Jays

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Jonny Gomes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Jonny Gomes Outfielder, Left fielder - Red Sox

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Jurickson Profar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Jurickson Profar Second baseman, Shortstop - Rangers

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Wilson Betemit is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Wilson Betemit Designated hitter, Third baseman - Rays

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Corey Hart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Corey Hart Right fielder, First baseman - Mariners

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Chris Carter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Chris Carter Outfielder, Infielder - Astros

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Nolan Reimold is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Nolan Reimold Left fielder - Orioles

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Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Jason Giambi Designated hitter, First baseman - Indians

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Jesús Guzmán is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Jesús Guzmán First baseman - Astros

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Henry Urrutia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Henry Urrutia Orioles

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Matt Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Matt Reynolds Pitcher - Diamondbacks

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Don Kelly is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best MLB Designated Hitters of 2014
Don Kelly Left fielder, Utility player - Tigers