The position of designated hitter is the one that most children dream about: to be able to play on a team, yet not have to venture onto the field. Once the DH rule was put into effect, this was possible, Unfortunately, no player can aspire to only being a batter without at least showing glimpses in their minor league career of also holding down a position in the field. In a way, this list is compiled of players who could hit with the best, but couldn’t quite get it to all come together as fielders. Age or risk of injury is typically the reason for ending up in the DH spot. There has even been major debate as to whether a player who has spent the majority of his career in the DH role should be granted entry into the Hall of Fame. Agree or disagree, there have been some impressive careers from players who have played primarily as designated hitters. Here is a look at the most elite DH’s of all-time.
No player was better built to be a DH than Hafner. He was a player with a massive frame and was a pure hitter from the left side, but could hit deep to all fields. “Pronk” never did find comfort in the role of fielder, but his ability with the bat was too good to ignore. He had a relatively short career (11 seasons), and despite being a DH, Hafner still managed to end up sustaining significant injuries. When healthy, though, he produced big numbers due to his great eye at the plate.
Home Runs: 213
On Base Percentage: .342
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