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Forty years later: Best designated hitters left their imprint

Major League Baseball

At 40 years and counting, the designated hitter debate continues in baseball.
Inarguably, though, some of the game’s greatest batters have been able to extend or enhance their careers with the DH rule in the American League. Here’s one take on the top five designated hitters:

1. EDGAR MARTINEZ
Hamstring problems made Martinez, who began his career as a third baseman, a regular DH. Had he been healthy enough to play in the field more, Martinez might be in the Hall of Fame. He never reached 200 hits in any of his 18 seasons, all with Seattle, but ...


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