Best Offensive Seasons

10 Best Offensive Seasons By A Designated Hitter

Like it or hate it the designated hitter is here to stay. Although at its inception in 1973 most managers used it to give players a break from playing in the field, teams have now built rosters around having nine hitters in their lineups. Hal McRae, Brian Downing, and Harold Baines were among the first players to play as full-time DHs over multiple years.

Honorable Mention


  • 10. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, 2006


  • David Ortiz Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    5.7 151 558 115 160 29 2 54 137 1 0 119 117 .287 .413 .636 1.049

    • 9. Travis Hafner, Cleveland Indians, 2006

      • Age: 29


      Travis Hafner Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      5.9 129 454 100 140 31 1 42 117 0 0 100 111 .308 .439 .659 1.097

      • 8. Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox, 1991


      • Frank Thomas Batting Statistics
        WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
        7.0 158 559 104 178 31 2 32 109 1 2 138 112 .318 .453 .553 1.006

        • 7. Edgar Martinez, Seattle Mariners, 2000

          • Age: 37
          • AL All-Star


          Edgar Martinez Batting Statistics
          WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
          5.7 153 556 100 180 31 0 37 145 3 0 96 95 .324 .423 .579 1.002

          • 6. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, 2007


          • David Ortiz Batting Statistics
            WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
            6.4 149 549 116 182 52 1 35 117 3 1 111 103 .332 .445 .621 1.066

            • 5. Edgar Martinez, Seattle Mariners, 1996

              • Age: 33
              • AL All-Star


              Edgar Martinez Batting Statistics
              WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
              6.5 139 499 121 163 52 2 26 103 3 3 123 84 .327 .464 .595 1.059

              • 4. Rafael Palmeiro, Texas Rangers, 1999


              • Rafael Palmeiro Batting Statistics
                WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                5.2 158 565 96 183 30 1 47 148 2 4 97 69 .324 .420 .630 1.050

                • 3. Frank Thomas, Chicago White Sox, 2000


                • Frank Thomas Batting Statistics
                  WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                  6.0 159 582 115 191 44 0 43 143 11 3 112 94 .328 .436 .625 1.061

                  • 2. David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, 2005


                  • David Ortiz Batting Statistics
                    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                    5.3 159 601 119 180 40 1 47 148 1 0 102 124 .300 .397 .604 1.001

                    • 1. Edgar Martinez, Seattle Mariners, 1995


                    • Edgar Martinez Batting Statistics
                      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                      7.0 145 511 121 182 52 0 29 113 4 3 116 87 .356 .479 .628 1.107

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