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No one's been better than Ortiz

Originally Published: September 23, 2005
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Since the designated hitter was introduced in 1973, there has never been a full-time DH chosen as the American League's Most Valuable Player.

Voters have shown a bias -- or at least an obvious inclination against -- those players who have no defensive responsibilities.

David Ortiz Designated hitter Boston Red Sox

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS

GM BA HR RBI OBP SLG

149 .300 46 140 .396 .616

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