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
552 199
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

2
430 150
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Third baseman

3
334 120
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

4
229 81
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
First baseman

5
245 107
Paul Molitor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman

6
197 71
Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

7
156 94
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder

8
105 41
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
135 71
Dave Winfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

10
82 33
Jim Rice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

11
119 88
Don Baylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

12
86 24
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

13
102 74
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

14
87 77
Chili Davis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

15
97 81
Hal McRae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

16
61 28
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

17
87 72
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Manager, Outfielder

18
63 21
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

19
72 66
Hideki Matsui is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder, Center fielder

20
55 12
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
70 22
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
carmela-launi added Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

22
71 82
Jason Giambi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

23
52 64
Mike Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

24
53 58
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
46 60
Travis Hafner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time
bojanthebest added Designated hitter