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David Ortiz | Designated Hitter | #34

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (42) / 11/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 1992 / UDFA / SEA

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David Ortiz will have his No. 34 retired June 23 at Boston's Fenway Park.
That didn't take long. Ortiz hung up his cleats for good in October after batting .286/.380/.552 with 541 home runs and 1,768 RBI over the course of a 20-year major league career. He hit 483 of those 541 homers with the Red Sox and also won three World Series titles (2004, 2007, 2013), becoming a legend in one of the great baseball towns. Talk of Ortiz unretiring can be put to rest for good. Thu, Jan 26, 2017 11:40:00 AM

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Dominican Republic general manager Moises Alou told Jon Morosi of MLB Network that David Ortiz hasn't expressed interest in playing in the World Baseball Classic.

Ortiz said back in December that he wasn't interested in playing in the WBC and despite some recent buzz and speculation, nothing has changed. His playing career is over.
Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:52:00 PM

Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said that the team will not contact David Ortiz in regards to coming out of retirement.

Ortiz took to Instagram following his former team's trade for Chris Sale, writing, "my boy sale to Btown? You guys got me thinking." Dombrowski logically took it as a joke, but made a point to deny that the team would try to lure Ortiz out of retirement. "I know David well enough -- and I know that if he really had sincere interest, that he would call," Dombrowski said. For what it's worth, Ortiz would not be eligible to return from the voluntary retirement list for the first 60 days of the 2017 season. But he's not coming back, guys.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 08:29:00 PM

David Ortiz has been named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Award.

As the name would suggest, the Edgar Martinez Award is handed out annually to the best designated hitter in the American League. This marks the eighth and final time in 20 major league seasons that Ortiz has hauled in the honor. During his age-40 campaign, the slugger swatted 38 homers and drove in 127 runs while slashing .315/.401/.620 across 537 at-bats.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 04:18:00 PM

Red Sox exercised their $16 million club option on DH David Ortiz.

This is nothing more than a formality. Ortiz is retiring from the game after producing an incredible .315/.401/.620 batting line with 38 home runs and 127 RBI in 537 at-bats this year at age 40. He was named the winner of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award in the American League and will go down as a legend in Boston baseball lore.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 03:37:00 PM

David Ortiz was named the American League's winner of the Hank Aaron Award.

Handed out annually to the best offensive player in each league, the Hank Aaron Award gives Ortiz a nice little feather in the cap for what was a remarkable retirement campaign in 2016. Big Papi slashed a sturdy .315/.401/.620 with 38 homers and 127 RBI over 537 at-bats this past season. In the AL, his 38 homers tied for eighth-most, while his 127 RBI paced the league. Ortiz previously won the award in 2005. On the other side, Kris Bryant was named the winner of the Hank Aaron Award in the NL.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 06:25:00 PM

David Ortiz went 0-for-1 with a sacrifice fly and two walks in the final game of his career Monday night against the Indians in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Ortiz came up to bat as the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning before drawing a walk in what would ultimately be the final plate appearance of his 20-year MLB career. He was pulled for a pinch-runner and the Red Sox were unable to stage a comeback. After the loss, Ortiz returned to the field and wiped tears from his eyes while tipping his cap to the crowd at Fenway Park. The 10-time All-Star finishes his career with a .286/.380/.552 batting line and ranks 17th all-time with 541 homers.
Tue, Oct 11, 2016 09:58:00 AM

David Ortiz had a rough day at the dish on Friday, going 0-for-4 as the Red Sox were shut out by Corey Kluber and a pair of relievers in Game 2 of the ALDS.

As a team, the Red Sox tallied just three hits on the afternoon, all of them singles. They'll now head back home and attempt to pick up the pieces down 0-2 to an Indians club that has outplayed them in all facets of the game thus far.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 08:01:00 PM

David Ortiz slugged a go-ahead two-run homer to lead the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.

Well, of course he did. The Blue Jays had a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Dustin Pedroia and Mookie Betts each drove in runs with singles to tie things up before Ortiz took Brett Cecil deep down the right-field line. Ortiz now has 38 home runs, his most since his 30-season in 2006. He also had an RBI single on the night and finds himself tied for the AL lead with 127 RBI. He leads the majors with a .625 slugging percentage and a 1.027 OPS. It has been a remarkable swan song, but Red Sox fans are hoping he has more heroics in store during the postseason.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 11:48:00 PM

David Ortiz continued his historic final season Friday against the Rays by going 2-for-5 with a two-run homer.

His first-inning blast against Chris Archer was all the Red Sox would need on this night. Ortiz is now sitting on 37 homers and 124 RBI to go along with a .319/.406/.634 batting line. He’s already passed Dave Kingman for the most homers ever by a player in his final season and Friday’s two-run blast pushed him ahead of Shoeless Joe Jackson for the most RBI.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 10:13:00 PM

David Ortiz belted career home run No. 539 Tuesday, ripping a three-run shot in a win over the Orioles.

The Red Sox' lead was at one with one out in the seventh inning, but Big Papi changed that with a three-run bomb off of Kevin Gausman. He also had a single in the game. Ortiz has now homered in two straight and has five dingers over his last 10 contests. He's up to .318/.403/.634 on the season.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 11:01:00 PM

David Ortiz is absent from the Red Sox starting lineup on Sunday against the Yankees.

The Red Sox will go for the sweep without their veteran slugger in the middle of the lineup. It's not a bad day to get him a breather with southpaw C.C. Sabathia on the hill. Hanley Ramirez will move into the cleanup spot in his absence.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 04:37:00 PM

David Ortiz went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a double, a walk, and a run scored Friday against the Yankees.

With his double in the sixth inning, Ortiz reached 1,187 extra-base hits for his career and moved ahead of Frank Robinson for 11th place on the all-time list. The 40-year-old continues to have quite the swan song. He’s batting .320/.405/.631 with 34 home runs and 115 RBI over 136 games. He’s on his way to his highest RBI total since his age-30 season in 2006.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 10:33:00 PM

David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Thursday's come-from-behind win over the Yankees.

Papi hit what was, at the time, a largely meaningless solo homer in the eighth inning, but he also had an RBI single and scored a run in the Sox' four-run ninth inning to stun the rival Yankees. Ortiz now has 34 home runs, 114 RBI and 72 runs scored to go with a .317/.402/.629 line. We'll soon find out how much the baseball writers -- and the baseball gods -- like a storybook ending to a Hall of Fame career.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 12:02:00 AM

David Ortiz went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.

Ortiz crunched a three-run home run in the sixth inning to erase an 8-7 disadvantage and put the Red Sox ahead 10-8. His 2016 swan song has been nothing short of beautiful to behold. The 40-year-old slugger is slashing .315/.403/.622 with 32 homers and 110 RBI over 466 at-bats.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 05:52:00 PM

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