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Role of the DH changing in today's game

The days of a big slugger being a team's sole designated hitter mostly thing of the past

Originally Published: January 12, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

The Texas Rangers' signing of free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre makes Michael Young the team's designated hitter, a logical move given how much better Beltre is than Young defensively at third base.

And yet, it just doesn't look or seem right. Young is 34, healthy, durable and athletic, yet he'll be a DH in 2011. It is rare, if not unprecedented, that a player with that many career games at shortstop (788), second base (416) and third base (293) has moved been moved to DH at ...

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