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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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1
467 160
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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2
347 128
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Edgar Martínez Designated hitter, Third baseman

3
283 101
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Frank Thomas Designated hitter, First baseman

4
193 69
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jim Thome First baseman

5
212 91
Paul Molitor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Paul Molitor Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman

6
172 60
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
138 77
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Harold Baines Designated hitter, Right fielder

8
119 57
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Dave Winfield Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

9
86 31
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
C_Moorehead added Eddie Murray Designated hitter, First baseman

10
67 22
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jim Rice Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

11
107 74
Don Baylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Don Baylor Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

12
94 62
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

13
62 16
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

14
86 74
Hal McRae is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Hal McRae Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

15
76 71
Chili Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chili Davis Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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16
51 20
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Víctor Martínez Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

17
53 15
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 67
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Kirk Gibson Manager, Outfielder

19
67 58
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

20
36 9
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chris Robinson added Bo Jackson Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

21
66 76
Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jason Giambi Designated hitter, First baseman

22
49 56
Dave Kingman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Dave Kingman Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

23
46 61
Mike Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Mike Sweeney Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

24
49 20
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
carmela-launi added Babe Ruth Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

25
44 57
Travis Hafner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Travis Hafner Designated hitter

26
34 42
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jose Canseco Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

27
42 75
Brian Downing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Brian Downing Designated hitter, Left fielder, Catcher

28
40 56
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Willie Horton Designated hitter, Left fielder

29
29 13
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
seo-joon-han added Yogi Berra Manager, Outfielder, Catcher

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30
38 57
Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Greg Luzinski Designated hitter, Left fielder

31
24 18
Raúl Ibañez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Raúl Ibañez Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

32
14 6
Adam Dunn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
slaft added Adam Dunn Designated hitter, Outfielder, First baseman

33
32 40
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

34
20 17
Rusty Staub is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rusty Staub Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

35
28 70
Andre Thornton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Andre Thornton Designated hitter, First baseman

36
9 11
Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chris Robinson added Ellis Burks Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

37
17 21
Rubén Sierra is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rubén Sierra Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

38
26 57
Danny Tartabull is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Danny Tartabull Right fielder

39
16 21
Cliff Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
ShawnRocheleau added Cliff Johnson Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

40
12 12
Ken Singleton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ken Singleton Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

41
8 4
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
TRENT13 added Albert Pujols First baseman

42
12 18
Jeff Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jeff Burroughs Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

43
11 22
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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44
6 7
Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
slaft added Carlos Santana Designated hitter, Left fielder, Catcher

45
4 6
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Eric Lima added Dwight Evans Right fielder

46
17 27
Billy Butler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Billy Butler Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman

47
9 20
Darrell Evans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Darrell Evans First baseman, Third baseman

48
7 18
Ken Phelps is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Ken Phelps Designated hitter, First baseman

49
9 22
Steve Balboni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Steve Balboni Designated hitter, First baseman

50
3 1
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
TRENT13 added Carlos Beltrán Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder