Baseball 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.
list ordered by

1
418 145
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Third baseman

2
537 195
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

3
323 118
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

4
242 105
Paul Molitor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman

5
223 81
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
First baseman

6
195 68
Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

7
154 93
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder

8
101 38
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
C_Moorehead added Designated hitter, First baseman

9
132 69
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

10
81 31
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

11
117 85
Don Baylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

12
81 23
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

13
99 72
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

14
86 74
Chili Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

15
95 80
Hal McRae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

16
59 27
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

17
86 72
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Manager, Outfielder

18
61 20
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

19
71 65
Hideki Matsui is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder, Center fielder

20
51 12
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chris Robinson added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

21
69 82
Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

22
66 22
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
carmela-launi added Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

23
53 57
Dave Kingman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

24
50 64
Mike Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

25
46 60
Travis Hafner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Designated hitter

26
44 77
Brian Downing is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder, Catcher

27
39 47
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

28
40 59
Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder

29
41 60
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder

30
35 14
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
seo-joon-han added Manager, Outfielder, Catcher

31
27 21
Raúl Ibañez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

32
35 43
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

33
17 8
Adam Dunn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
slaft added Designated hitter, Outfielder, First baseman

34
29 73
Andre Thornton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

35
22 19
Rusty Staub is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

36
9 13
Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chris Robinson added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

37
19 23
Rubén Sierra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

38
26 59
Danny Tartabull is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Right fielder

39
11 8
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
First baseman

40
16 23
Cliff Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
ShawnRocheleau added Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

41
13 14
Ken Singleton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

42
11 9
Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
slaft added Designated hitter, Left fielder, Catcher

43
20 30
Billy Butler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman

44
6 8
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Eric Lima added Right fielder

45
12 20
Jeff Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

46
11 21
Darrell Evans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
First baseman, Third baseman

47
12 25
Dmitri Young is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

48
7 20
Ken Phelps is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Designated hitter, First baseman

49
2 0
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

50
9 25
Steve Balboni is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman