Clearly the list of the best designated hitter has to begin with the guy after which the award for the best DH is now named. A torn hamstring in 1993 forced Edgar Martinez into the DH full-time but certainly didn't derail his career. Martinez won the batting title in 1995 as a DH, hitting .356, and belted more than 25 home runs in five seasons. His career numbers of .312 batting average, 309 home runs, 1,261 RBI and .933 OPS demonstrate the consistent threat Martinez provided in the Mariners' batting order.
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