Orioles will use 11th Opening Day DH in 11 years today vs. Rays

We know the Orioles have had some revolving doors at certain positions over the years – left field, first base, etc.  – but the Orioles' recent run on Opening Day designated hitters is pretty astounding.

Assuming, of course, that you recognize DH as a position.

Right-handed hitting Steve Pearce gets the call today at DH against Tampa Bay lefty David Price. Pearce becomes the 11th different DH the Orioles have used on Opening Day in the past 11 seasons.

That’s right, 11 DHs in 11 seasons. It gets worse.

The Orioles have had 17 DHs in 18 seasons, with only  David Segui doing it twice in that span (in 2002 and 2004). The last time an Oriole started at DH on consecutive Opening Days was Harold Baines from 1993-95.

Here’s the list, courtesy of baseball-reference.com:

2013: Pearce

2012: Wilson Betemit

2011: Vladimir Guerrero

2010: Luke Scott

2009: Ty Wigginton

2008: Aubrey Huff

2007: Kevin Millar

2006: Javy Lopez

2005: Jay Gibbons

2004: Segui

2003: Marty Cordova

2002: Segui

2001: Chris Richard

2000: Baines

1999: Jeff Conine

1998: Joe Carter

1997: Brady Anderson

1996: Bobby Bonilla

1993-1995: Baines

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