MLB: The Best Designated Hitters in Baseball History, Part 1 of 2

David Ortiz Has More Edgar Martinez Awards Than Edgar Martinez

David Ortiz Has More Edgar Martinez Awards Than Edgar Martinez

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
Oakland A’s 1989
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
Detroit Tigers 1975
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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