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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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Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Third baseman
2
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman
3
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman
4
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
First baseman
5
Paul Molitor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman
6
Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder
7
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder
8
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
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder
10
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
11
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
12
Don Baylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
13
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman
14
Chili Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder
15
Hal McRae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
16
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
17
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman
18
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Manager, Outfielder
19
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chris Robinson added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
20
Hideki Matsui is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder, Center fielder
21
Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman
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
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
Mike Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman
25
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder