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
523 188
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

2
398 139
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Third baseman

3
309 117
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

4
233 103
Paul Molitor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
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
First baseman

6
190 65
Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
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
Designated hitter, Right fielder

8
97 35
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
126 68
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
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
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
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

12
76 21
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
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
Designated hitter, First baseman

14
91 77
Hal McRae is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
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
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
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
Manager, Outfielder

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

19
69 64
Hideki Matsui is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder, Center fielder

20
48 11
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
67 80
Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
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 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
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 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 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
38 46
Jose Canseco is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
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
Designated hitter, Left fielder

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

30
34 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
26 21
Raúl Ibañez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
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
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 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
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
Designated hitter, First baseman

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

39
16 23
Cliff Johnson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
ShawnRocheleau added 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
First baseman

41
12 14
Ken Singleton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
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 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
9 24
Steve Balboni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

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