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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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460 151
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
331 125
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Edgar Martínez Designated hitter, Third baseman

3
279 98
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Frank Thomas Designated hitter, First baseman

4
209 89
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
189 69
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jim Thome First baseman

6
169 58
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
135 76
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Harold Baines Designated hitter, Right fielder

8
117 56
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
84 30
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 20
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
105 72
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 60
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

13
59 15
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
75 69
Chili Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chili Davis Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

15
84 72
Hal McRae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Hal McRae Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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51 18
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
81 65
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Kirk Gibson Manager, Outfielder

18
51 14
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
67 56
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
66 74
Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jason Giambi Designated hitter, First baseman

21
34 8
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chris Robinson added Bo Jackson Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

22
49 54
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 59
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
44 55
Travis Hafner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Travis Hafner Designated hitter

25
42 73
Brian Downing is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Brian Downing Designated hitter, Left fielder, Catcher

26
33 40
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
24 16
Raúl Ibañez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Raúl Ibañez Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

28
40 54
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Willie Horton Designated hitter, Left fielder

29
37 55
Greg Luzinski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Greg Luzinski Designated hitter, Left fielder

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13 5
Adam Dunn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
slaft added Adam Dunn Designated hitter, Outfielder, First baseman

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31 38
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

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48 19
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
carmela-launi added Babe Ruth Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

33
19 15
Rusty Staub is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Rusty Staub Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

34
28 68
Andre Thornton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Andre Thornton Designated hitter, First baseman

35
9 9
Ellis Burks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Chris Robinson added Ellis Burks Designated hitter, Outfielder, Center fielder

36
17 19
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
26 55
Danny Tartabull is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Danny Tartabull Right fielder

38
16 19
Cliff Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
ShawnRocheleau added Cliff Johnson Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

39
12 10
Ken Singleton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Ken Singleton Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

40
28 12
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
seo-joon-han added Yogi Berra Manager, Outfielder, Catcher

41
11 16
Jeff Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Jeff Burroughs Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

42
17 25
Billy Butler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Billy Butler Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman

43
11 20
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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7 16
Ken Phelps is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Ken Phelps Designated hitter, First baseman

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9 18
Darrell Evans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Darrell Evans First baseman, Third baseman

46
9 20
Steve Balboni is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Steve Balboni Designated hitter, First baseman

47
8 2
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
TRENT13 added Albert Pujols First baseman

48
4 4
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Eric Lima added Dwight Evans Right fielder

49
4 1
Corey Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
TRENT13 added Corey Dickerson

50
2 0
Brandon Moss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
TRENT13 added Brandon Moss Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder