Since it was implemented back in 1973, Major League Baseball has never seen a designated hitter inducted into their Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
And honestly, I don't understand why.
For a hitter to make the Hall of Fame, odds are, they put up great offensive numbers. Defense doesn't really get your name in the Hall amongst guys like Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, etc. My point is, the voters take 2500 hits over 10 gold gloves.
Now why would I even worry about it? Well, I'm a die hard Red Sox fan.
So when you see a guy like David Ortiz pass the 2000 hit mark in 2013 and the 500 home run mark earlier in the week, you would like to think he's a sure fire hall of famer. Unfortunately, being a DH isn't good enough. That's like saying a pitcher can't make Cooperstown because they don't bat.
And that's just ridiculous.
Obviously, if you don't play a position, you're offensive numbers have to be better. I can understand a third baseman with 400 homers making it over a DH with 400. But as of September 17, 2015, David Ortiz is sporting a .284 career average, with 501 home runs, 1630 RBI, and 2291 hits. Those should be enough for anyone to make it.
By Jordan Leandre