Originally written on FenwayNation  |  Last updated 7/23/13
Papi
Thoughts From The Border by Larry Shiman, FN Board Member Big Papi now holds most of the career records for DH, having passed Harold Baines last week for career hits. I expect he’ll keep going for a while, and put some distance between him and the others. But if he never plays another game, is he the greatest DH to ever live?I thought of four contenders for the title: Hal McRae, Harold Baines, Edgar Martinez, and Ortiz. Each has played a similar number of games at the position (or lack of position), and they range from 1500 to 1700 hits.Separating out the top two from the third and fourth best is easy. McRae and Baines, considered the best DHs of the ‘70s and ‘80s, are not in the same league as Martinez and Ortiz. McRae and Baines were solid hitters, but weren’t among the best in the league other than an assorted fluke year or two.Choosing between Big Papi and Martinez (known as Papi according to Baseball Reference – no Big) is much more difficult. The Comparison:Career ...
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