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5 Greatest Designated Hitters of All-Time

Updated 02/22/2020

Major League Baseball as we know it, that is two leagues American and National, playing by the same rules with the champion from each squaring off against the other for baseball supremacy was born in 1901. Because of that these rankings only consider seasons and careers from 1901 and after. To be eligible a player has to have 1,500 career plate appearances.

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  1. Edgar Martinez
  2. Edgar Martinez
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    68.34 147 2055 8672 7213 1219 2247 514 15 309 1261 49 30 1283 1202 .311 .417 .515 .932

  3. Paul Molitor
  4. Paul Molitor
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    75.42 122 2683 12160 10835 1782 3319 605 114 234 1307 504 131 1094 1244 .306 .366 .447 .814

  5. David Ortiz
  6. David Ortiz
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    55.43 140 2408 10091 8640 1419 2472 632 19 541 1768 17 9 1319 1750 .286 .379 .551 .930

  7. Brian Downing
  8. Brian Downing
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    51.5 124 2344 9309 7853 1188 2099 360 28 275 1073 50 44 1197 1127 .267 .370 .425 .796

  9. Edwin Encarnacion
  10. Edwin Encarnacion
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    34.9 126 1916 7945 6881 1080 1807 365 10 414 1242 61 14 887 1372 .263 .352 .499 .851

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