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David Ortiz should be in the twilight of his career -- sluggers with his body type don't typically have particularly lengthy careers -- but at age 37, he's as good as ever. He's starting to accumulate a pretty reasonable Hall of Fame case -- more than 400 home runs, several years in which he featured in the MVP race, and one of the most stellar postseason resumes this side of Mariano Rivera. SweetSpot's David Schoenfield doesn't quite have Ortiz in the Hall, but he could see Big Papi enshrined in Cooperstown if he reaches certain statistical milestones. If Ortiz keeps hitting like he has, the Hall might have to start sizing him up for a plaque.

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Forty years ago the game of baseball changed forever when Ron Blomberg stepped to the plate for the Yankees as the first designated hitter in MLB history. Since then the position has evolved, with many players making a career of being a DH. But who've been the best over the past four decades? We're giving you a chance to rank the greatest DHs in MLB history. Scroll over the images to get more information and click to set your rankings.

All stats are only when playing as a designated hitter and are through games of April 2, 2013 for active players.

Greatest designated hitters

Harold Baines

Harold Baines

1,652 games
.837 OPS
236 HR

Don Baylor

Don Baylor

1,284 games
.792 OPS
219 HR

Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco

846 games
.866 OPS
208 HR

Chili Davis

Chili Davis

1,160 games
.864 OPS
200 HR

Brian Downing

Brian Downing

823 games
.828 OPS
125 HR

Jason Giambi

Jason Giambi

517 games
.853 OPS
105 HR

Travis Hafner

Travis Hafner

972 games
.869 OPS
188 HR

Edgar Martinez

Edgar Martinez

1,403 games
.959 OPS
243 HR

Hal McRae

Hal McRae

1,426 games
.820 OPS
145 HR

Paul Molitor

Paul Molitor

1,171 games
.828 OPS
102 HR

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

1,493 games
.941 OPS
353 HR

Mike Sweeney

Mike Sweeney

607 games
.805 OPS
132 HR

Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas

1,310 games
.899 OPS
269 HR

Jim Thome

Jim Thome

817 games
.922 OPS
205 HR

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The Red Sox aren't done with Bobby Valentine just yet, as he claimed that David Ortiz's extended DL absence this season was the result of Ortiz's decision to sideline himself for reasons other than injuries. Do you believe Valentine's claims?

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David Ortiz became the 49th player in Major League Baseball history to hit his 400th career home run, and the sixth to do so in a Red Sox uniform. Is it likely the eight-time All-Star will hit 500 homers before his career is said and done?

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David Ortiz says he's fed up with reports of turmoil in the Red Sox clubhouse. Is he just putting on a brave face for the media?

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