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Ortiz the best of a dying breed

As full-time DH's near extinction, Papi powers on for Red Sox for at least another year

Updated: February 23, 2012, 9:53 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bobby Valentine's idea of a perfect world would not include a designated hitter, which has nothing to do with David Ortiz.

The Red Sox manager just isn't a fan of the DH.

But while the DH model that Ortiz represents -- the everyday slugger in the middle of a lineup -- appears to be hurtling toward extinction with many teams preferring to cycle other position players through the DH spot, Valentine asserts that if you're going to have a DH, it's a bonus to have ...

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