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How do the top designated hitters in Major League Baseball stack up? That question has been answered by our experts in the latest installment of the "Baseball Tonight" 100 (#BBTN100), a project to rank the top players across all 30 teams. We'll reveal a new position each day and unveil the overall 1-100 rankings March 27.

Do you agree with the experts' take on designated hitters? Simply click on the images of the top five below to submit your ballot.

Rank: #BBTN100 Designated Hitters

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

Boston Red Sox
BBTN Rank: 1

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols

Los Angeles Angels
BBTN Rank: 2

Billy Butler

Billy Butler

Kansas City Royals
BBTN Rank: 3

Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez

Detroit Tigers
BBTN Rank: 4

Kendrys Morales

Kendrys Morales

Seattle Mariners
BBTN Rank: 5

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One of the best things about baseball is how well it keeps track of its records. Players are always accomplishing rare and strange feats, and thanks to our obsession with stats, we're able to point it out almost immediately when this happens. Take Kendrys Morales homering from both sides of the plate in a single inning -- it's only the third time that has happened in history; talk about something you don't see every day -- you might go a whole half-century without witnessing someone pull off what Morales did Monday night. It's even more interesting that he did it against the Rangers, whose Josh Hamilton had his own rare home run feat earlier in the season. Did Morales' switch-hitting prowess trump Hamilton's raw power?

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Sid Bream, Aaron Boone and Dave Roberts will attest that it's not always the biggest names who make the plays that get teams to the World Series. But it doesn't hurt to have the big guns on your side. The bad news is SportsNation's picks for the NL MVP (Albert Pujols), AL MVP (Joe Mauer), NL Cy Young (Tim Lincecum) and AL CY Young (Zack Greinke) are all home watching on television. At least we've still got one of the Molina brothers.

Colin Cowherd and Michelle Beadle are looking for your rankings on the best remaining players for Thursday's "SportsNation" (ESPN2. 4 p.m. and midnight ET), but voters have already made it known who they would least want to face with the game on the line.

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Remember back when CC Sabathia was a postseason question mark, and Alex Rodriguez was the postseason answer you knew you didn't want? In other words, remember last week? Now people can't get enough of the Yankees' latest primetime playoff performers.

Sabathia had allowed 22 earned runs and 22 walks in his first 25 postseason innings. But after a strong outing against the Twins in the division series, he now edges out Philadelphia's Cliff Lee as SportsNation's first choice to start a must-win game.

And after driving in 17 runs in his first 39 postseason games, A-Rod drove in six in three games against the Twins. But with the game on the line in the ninth inning, would you rather have Rodriguez at the plate than Derek Jeter?

con1030

This is the right move. With the 3 off days it only makes CC pitch on short rest once that is game 4, and it makes the bullpen deeper. Starters only need to go 6 innings. Joba 7th, Hughes 8th, Mo 9th game over.

-- con1030
yanks23242

Jeter in the regular season: .317/.388./459. Jeter in the post season: .311/.380/.477. So no, Jeter isn't "clutch", he's just a damn good player.

-- yanks23242

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