History was made yesterday when David Ortiz doubled in the second inning against Seattle, as he passed Harold Baines for the most hits as a designated hitter with 1,689.
That begs the question, is David Ortiz the greatest DH of all time? What follows are my rankings of the top 10 designated hitters in MLB history.
Before a barrage of comments rain down, let me make it clear that these rankings reflect only what the players achieved while serving as DH.
I'm well aware that Jim Thome is better than Chili Davis and that Paul Molitor is better than Travis Hafner, but they didn't have better careers as designated hitters.
*Note: There is a discrepancy in statistics between Stats LLC and Baseball-Reference. According to Stats LLC Harold Baines had 1,688 hits as a DH, but according to Baseball-Reference he had 1,690.
Stats LLC is the more trusted source, but I do not have access to those statistics, so I used what I could from the chart in this article when making reference to DH stats. However, all of Jim Thome's stats and all single-season numbers came from this Baseball-Reference table.