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  • Who is the best designated hitter of all-time?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Edgar Martinez
    65%
    13 votes
    David Ortiz
    25%
    5 votes
    Harold Baines
    10%
    2 votes
    Other
    0%
    0 votes

POLL: Who Is The Best Designated Hitter Of All-Time?

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Coincidences in baseball sometimes feel a bit more like planned occurrences.

That might prove to be the case again on Wednesday in Seattle, when David Ortiz could collect the most hits by a designated hitter of all time. If Ortiz is unable to get a hit tonight, then he has another shot to achieve the milestone in the Emerald City on Thursday, as the Boston Red Sox wrap up a four-game series against the Mariners.

Why does it matter if Ortiz collects hit No. 1,689 and eclipses Harold Baines while in Seattle?

Well, it raises the question: Who is the best designated hitter of all-time? And that answer could very well be former Mariner Edgar Martinez.

Martinez is regarded by some as the best designated hitter ever to grace a baseball diamond. The seven-time All-Star hit .312 for his career with a .418 on-base percentage that ranks 17th all-time. Martinez was also a two-time American League batting champion and the recipient of five Silver Slugger Awards.

Meanwhile, Baines has 2,886 all-time hits (1,688 coming as a designated hitter). He was a great player in his own right and had a long, successful career.

Then, of course, is Ortiz, who is about to break the hits record for a designated hitter. Big Papi also owns the most home runs (419) of the trio and still has the potential for a few more seasons under his belt. 

So that brings us to the question of who is the best designated hitter of all-time? Is it Martinez? Or Baines? Or is it Ortiz? Make sure to vote in the poll above and let us know.

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