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Here’s a piece I never thought I would be writing again, let alone in 2013.
With Indians roster all but set, there is still one spot that is wide open as we sit here on January 23rd. Designated Hitter.
For years, the Indians have had the position held down with a big bat who plopped themselves in the spot and didn’t move. From Eddie Murray in 1995, to David Justice in 1997, to Ellis Burks in 2001, to Travis Hafner in 2004 all the way through 2012, the Tribe has been set in that spot in the way the position was originally designed. When you think of the DH spot, the poster boys of the last 20 years have been Seattle’s Edgar Martinez and Boston’s David Ortiz. These are two fringe Hall of Famer who consistently hit in the middle of their respective lineups, came up with big hits time after time, and couldn’t play the field (though Ortiz moonlights during interleague play as a first baseman).
As you can see by the list above, the Indians have stayed the course with the DH spot. If the s...
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