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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

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