MLB: The Best Designated Hitters in Baseball History, Part 1 of 2
After over 100 years of professional baseball, and 72 years after the unification of the National and American Leagues into the Major Leagues we know today, an extra “position” was added to a baseball team in 1973 – the Designated Hitter.
For the first time, at least in the American League, a pitcher would no longer bat (at the team’s discretion. The pitcher is still allowed to bat). The DH would take his place at the plate.
Each year since, either the Associated Press (1973-1999) or the Baseball Writers Association of America (2000-present) has given the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award to the best DH that season. It was renamed (perhaps prematurely) to the Edgar Martinez Award.
Martinez won it five times, but David Ortiz sits at the top with seven honors.
|OUTSTANDING DESIGNATED HITTER AWARD WINNER||TEAM(S)||SEASON(S)|
|1.||David Ortiz||7||Boston Red Sox||2003-2007, 2011, 2013|
|2.||Edgar Martinez||5||Seattle Mariners||1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001|
|3.||Hal McRae||3||Kansas City Royals||1976, 1980, 1982|
|4.||Dave Parker||2||Milwaukee Brewers||1990|
|4.||Don Baylor||2||Boston Red Sox||1986|
|New York Yankees||1985|
|4.||Greg Luzinski||2||Chicago White Sox||1981, 1983|
|4.||Harold Baines||2||Chicago White Sox||1987, 1988|
|4.||Paul Molitor||2||Minnesota Twins||1996|
|Toronto Blue Jays||1993|
|4.||Willie Horton||2||Seattle Mariners||1979|
|10.||Adam Lind||1||Toronto Blue Jays||2009|
|10.||Aubrey Huff||1||Baltimore Orioles||2008|
|10.||Billy Butler||1||Kansas City Royals||2012|
|10.||Chili Davis||1||Minnesota Twins||1991|
|10.||Dave Kingman||1||Oakland A’s||1984|
|10.||Dave Winfield||1||Toronto Blue Jays||1992|
|10.||Ellis Burks||1||Cleveland Indians||2002|
|10.||Jim Rice||1||Boston Red Sox||1977|
|10.||Orlando Cepeda||1||Boston Red Sox||1973|
|10.||Rafael Palmeiro||1||Texas Rangers||1999|
|10.||Rusty Staub||1||Detroit Tigers||1978|
|10.||Tommy Davis||1||Baltimore Orioles||1974|
|10.||Vladimir Guerrero||1||Texas Rangers||2010|
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