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Rangers’ Guerrero Named Top DH

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New York, NY (Sports Network) – Texas Rangers slugger Vladimir Guerrero has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.

Guerrero, in his first season with Texas, appeared in 129 games as the designated hitter and led all DHs with a .306 batting average and 106 runs batted in. He also belted 25 homers, scored 73 runs and posted a .501 slugging percentage with just 56 strikeouts in that role.

Overall, the nine-time All-Star finished the season with 29 homers, 115 runs batted in and a .300 average. He helped the Rangers to their first playoff berth since 1999 and their first-ever World Series appearance.

Guerrero, the 2004 AL MVP, became the second Ranger to win the DH award, joining Rafael Palmeiro in 1999.

In balloting among club beat writers, broadcasters and American League public relations departments, Guerrero received 61 first-place votes out of a possible 84 to outdistance five-time winner David Ortiz of Boston for the honor. Jim Thome of Minnesota was third.

The award, which has been presented since the inception of the designated hitter in 1973, was re-named in honor of Martinez in 2004. The five-time recipient spent his entire 18-season career with Seattle and is a 2010 Hall of Fame candidate.

Nominees include all players with a minimum of 100 at-bats as a designated hitter.