Last season, the Texas Rangers never had that stereotypical designated hitter. You know, the guy that intimidates and is a professional hitter?
Instead, the Rangers continuously rolled lost prospect Jurickson Profar out in the DH role, while occasionally giving guys days off in the field and having everyday regulars hitting in the role.
Wait a second, this year has pretty much been the same story, but the results have been much different. In Tuesday's victory over the Oakland A's, Donnie Murphy -- yes, Donnie Murphy -- was the Rangers' designated hitter, becoming the seventh player to hit in that position in the first three weeks of the season.
Yet, that rag-tag group, led by the likes of Mitch Moreland and Michael Choice, is now hitting .340 on the season, the highest total in the American League for designated hitters.