The Top 10 Designated Hitters in MLB History

Edgar Martinez

Known as the quintessential DH, Martinez spent his entire career with the Seattle Mariners, compiling a career .312 batting average and an outstanding .418 on-base percentage.

David Ortiz

Big Papi had a legendary career with the Boston Red Sox, hitting 541 home runs and leading the team to three World Series titles. Ortiz was a 10-time All-Star and known for his clutch hitting and postseason heroics.

Frank Thomas

While primarily a first baseman early in his career, Thomas transitioned to DH later on. He was a two-time MVP, five-time All-Star, and finished his career with 521 home runs and a .301 batting average.

Paul Molitor

Molitor had a Hall of Fame career that included significant time as a DH. He compiled over 3,300 hits and had a career batting average of .306.

Harold Baines

Baines had a long and productive career as a DH, known for his consistency and longevity. He finished his career with 2,866 hits and was a six-time All-Star.

Don Baylor

A pioneer in the DH role, Baylor was feared for his power and intimidation at the plate. He played for several teams and was an MVP winner in 1979 with the California Angels.

Jim Thome

While primarily a first baseman, Thome also spent considerable time as a DH later in his career. He hit 612 home runs and was a five-time All-Star known for his power and patience at the plate.

Hal McRae

McRae was one of the first true designated hitters in the game and had a successful career with the Kansas City Royals. He was a three-time All-Star and known for his hitting prowess in the 1970s and 1980s.

Victor Martinez

Martinez had a solid career primarily as a DH and catcher, known for his switch-hitting ability and consistency at the plate. He was a five-time All-Star and finished his career with over 2,100 hits.

Jose Canseco

Canseco had a controversial career but was a dominant force as a DH with the Oakland Athletics and Texas Rangers. He was a six-time All-Star and the first player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a single season.