David Ortiz

Did You Know? – Appearances as Designated Hitter

Should David Ortiz appear tonight for the Red Sox against the Yankees at Fenway Park as the designated hitter, and by all accounts he will, he will set a new Major League Baseball record for most appearances as a DH with 1644 games, surpassing former slugger Harold Baines. Ortiz already holds the record for most starts in league history by a DH with 1625, well ahead of Baines at 1565 starts.

Big Papi is far and away the leader in most offensive categories as a designated hitter: most plate appearances (7188), most hits (1779), most doubles (450), most home runs (385), and most RBI (1256). Counting only players with at least 2000 plate appearances as a DH, his OPS of .941 ranks second to Edgar Martinez (.959).

Not surprisingly, Ortiz is far and above the leader in franchise history.

  Name No. Games PA
1 David Ortiz 1364 6060
2 Jim Rice 530 2256
3 Carl Yastrzemski 414 1712
4 Reggie Jefferson 305 1173
5 Dwight Evans 265 1110
6 Mike Easler 256 1091
7 Don Baylor 240 1018
8 Manny Ramirez 232 1014
9 Jack Clark 199 845
10 Jose Canseco 185 826