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.

1
515 187
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
David Ortiz Designated hitter, First baseman

2
393 139
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Edgar Martínez Designated hitter, Third baseman

3
308 116
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Frank Thomas Designated hitter, First baseman

4
233 103
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
211 80
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jim Thome First baseman

6
189 65
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
148 87
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Harold Baines Designated hitter, Right fielder

8
96 35
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
C_Moorehead added Eddie Murray Designated hitter, First baseman

9
125 68
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
76 28
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
113 82
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
75 21
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ken Griffey, Jr. Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

13
97 70
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

14
91 77
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
80 73
Chili Davis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chili Davis Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

16
58 24
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
86 69
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Kirk Gibson Manager, Outfielder

18
59 17
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Carl Yastrzemski Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

19
68 64
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
47 11
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
67 80
Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jason Giambi Designated hitter, First baseman

22
63 21
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
carmela-launi added Babe Ruth Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

23
50 63
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
52 57
Dave Kingman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Dave Kingman Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

25
44 60
Travis Hafner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Travis Hafner Designated hitter

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

27
38 46
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jose Canseco Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

28
41 59
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Willie Horton Designated hitter, Left fielder

29
40 59
Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Greg Luzinski Designated hitter, Left fielder

30
33 14
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
seo-joon-han added Yogi Berra Manager, Outfielder, Catcher

31
26 21
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
34 43
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

33
16 8
Adam Dunn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
slaft added Adam Dunn Designated hitter, Outfielder, First baseman

34
22 18
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 73
Andre Thornton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Andre Thornton Designated hitter, First baseman

36
19 23
Rubén Sierra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rubén Sierra Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

37
9 13
Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chris Robinson added Ellis Burks Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

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

39
16 23
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
10 8
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Albert Pujols First baseman

41
12 14
Ken Singleton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ken Singleton Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

42
9 9
Carlos Santana is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
slaft added Carlos Santana 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
Billy Butler 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 Dwight Evans Right fielder

45
12 20
Jeff Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jeff Burroughs 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
Darrell Evans First baseman, Third baseman

47
12 25
Dmitri Young is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Dmitri Young 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 Ken Phelps Designated hitter, First baseman

49
9 24
Steve Balboni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Steve Balboni Designated hitter, First baseman

50
0 0
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Dave Parker Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder