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JOB SHARING

Cruz was in Seattle’s starting lineup as a DH 146 times last summer, 136 times in 2017, and 107 times in 2016. If he approaches those numbers in 2019, it would mark a huge change for the Twins, who have not used a single DH in at least 80 games since 2010.

Twins’ designated hitter starts, last 10 years

Year DHs Players used in 10+ gms Leader (Gms)

2018 11 5 Logan Morrison (35)

2017 10 5 Robbie Grossman (61)

2016 11 5 ByungHo Park (36)

2015 7 5 Miguel Sano (69)

2014 1 6 Kennys Vargas (40)

2013 8 5 Ryan Doumit (47)

2012 7 4 Ryan Doumit (48)

2011 12 4 Jim Thome (59)

2010 9 3 Jason Kubel (80)

Most starts as DH for Twins, single-season

149 — Chili Davis, 1991

143 — Paul Molitor, 1996

138 — Tony Oliva, 1973

121 — Paul Molitor, 1997

118 — Tony Oliva, 1975

115 — Chili Davis, 1992

104 — Dave Winfield, 1993

104 — Roy Smalley Jr., 1986