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Daily Madden: Do Punters And Designated Hitters Belong In Halls Of Fame?

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David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox hits a double against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on April 22, 2013 in Boston. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox hits a double against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on April 22, 2013 in Boston. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – David Ortiz led the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Mariners Wednesday night, becoming baseball’s all time leader in hits as a designated hitter. Are Ortiz’ accomplishments enough to get him in the Hall of Fame, where there are no designated hitters?

“At some point those things have to be broken,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew. “In the NFL we have the same thing — that there’s never been a punter in the Hall of Fame, and that’s wrong. Punters are football players and designated hitters are baseball players. And if they put the rules in to play and then the guy becomes the best (at that position), I think they deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.”

In other news, the international jury deciding a challenge to America’s Cup rules is expected to make an announcement Thursday. Event organizers are hoping the decision will get all three challengers back on the water.

“They had one race the other day when there was only one boat in it,” Madden said.

“That’s what the Giants need right now, a game with only themselves,” KCBS sports anchor Hal Ramey responded.

The Giants have won just two of their last 16 games.

“At some point you can enjoy the A’s too,” Madden said.

The A’s are leading the American League West. (6:55)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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