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David Ortiz | Designated Hitter

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (40) / 11/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
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David Ortiz officially announced via a video on the Players' Tribune that he's retiring after the 2016 season.
This confirms a report from FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday. Appropriately enough, Ortiz made the announcement on his 40th birthday. "I wish I could play another 40 years ... but it doesn't work that way," said Ortiz. Nov 18 - 11:31 AM

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FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that David Ortiz will retire after the 2016 season.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today hears that an official announcement will come Wednesday. Ortiz, who turns 40 on Wednesday, recovered from a slow start this season to finish with a .273/.360/.553 batting line to go along with 37 home runs and 108 RBI. In September, he became the 27th player in MLB history to reach the 500 home run club. He has a good chance to climb into the top-20 on the all-time list if he has another strong season on the way out. It should be quite the farewell tour. Ortiz will make $16 million in 2016 and his contract includes an option for 2017, but apparently that won't be necessary.
Nov 17 - 12:54 PM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

Ortiz has received regular rest down the stretch as the Red Sox have nothing left to play for and no reason to push him. He's in the midst of another terrific season, slashing .272/.358/.551 with 37 homers and 107 RBI.
Oct 3 - 3:45 PM

David Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Friday's 8-2 loss to the Indians.

Ortiz went yard off Indians starter Josh Tomlin in the fourth inning, drawing the Red Sox to within 4-2. They would ultimately lose 8-2. For the season, Big Papi is hitting a robust .272/.358/.551 with 37 homers and 107 RBI. The 37 homers are the most he's hit since 2006. Entering Friday's action, the 39-year-old DH was slashing an insane .323/.399/.690 over 64 games since the All-Star Break.
Oct 2 - 10:28 PM

David Ortiz is in the Friday's lineup against the Indians.

Ortiz wasn't in the lineup on Thursday as the Yankees won their Wild Card spot, but he's back on Friday for a series against the Indians. The veteran DH is posting very nice numbers this year, hitting .272/.359/.547 with 36 homers and 105 RBI.
Oct 2 - 3:58 PM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox lineup Thursday.

Ortiz has been getting regular days off for a while now and that will probably continue through the final weekend. Allen Craig is serving as Boston's designated hitter on Thursday night against the Yankees.
Oct 1 - 3:20 PM

David Ortiz is out of the Red Sox lineup Monday.

It's a routine day of maintenance for the veteran slugger. Allen Craig is serving as Boston's designated hitter in Monday night's series opener against the Yankees.
Sep 28 - 3:28 PM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

It's a well-deserved day of rest for the veteran slugger against opposing southpaw Wei-Yin Chen. Dustin Pedroia will function as the Red Sox DH on Saturday.
Sep 26 - 12:08 PM

David Ortiz went 3-for-4 with three doubles, three RBI, and a run scored in Friday's 7-0 win over the Orioles.

Ortiz drove in a pair with a double in the sixth inning before hitting another RBI double in the eighth. The veteran slugger now has 104 RBI on the year, tying his total from last season. If (or more likely, when) he drives in another run, he'll have his highest RBI total since 2007. Not bad for a guy who some thought was finally hitting a wall earlier this year.
Sep 25 - 10:59 PM

David Ortiz hit a two-run homer Thursday to reach 100 RBI for the ninth time in his career.

Ortiz has driven in 100 runs in three straight seasons after doing so just once in the previous five (though he did have 99- and 96-RBI seasons during that span). His 1,634 career RBI are 31st on the career list, two behind Ernie Banks.
Sep 24 - 11:17 PM

David Ortiz is not in the Red Sox' lineup Sunday.

He's getting a breather one day after hitting home run No. 500. Allen Craig is in the designated hitter spot in Ortiz's place.
Sep 13 - 9:48 AM

Red Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said he'll rest David Ortiz on Sunday.

Ortiz earned a day off by hitting his 500th home run on Saturday. "He is not playing tomorrow," said Lovullo. "I'm sure he'll celebrate tonight." Allen Craig and Josh Rutledge are candidates to take Ortiz's place in the lineup on Sunday.
Sep 12 - 10:44 PM

David Ortiz hit his 500th home run in Saturday's 10-4 win over the Rays.

Ortiz's 500th bomb was a solo shot off left-hander Matt Moore in the fifth inning. It was his second homer of the game, as he had already launched a three-run homer in the opening frame. The 39-year-old slugger finished the game 3-for-4 with four RBI. For the season, Big Papi boasts a .275/.361/.556 batting line with 34 home runs and 95 RBI. With five more RBI, he'll notch his ninth 100-RBI season.
Sep 12 - 9:17 PM

David Ortiz is in the Red Sox starting lineup on Saturday.

It's a rare start for the slugger against an opposing left-hander, with Matt Moore taking the hill for the Rays on Saturday. Ortiz enters play on Saturday just two home runs shy of 500 for his career.
Sep 12 - 2:08 PM

David Ortiz hit career homer No. 498 in Wednesday's win over the Blue Jays.

It was a three-run bomb off Drew Hutchison. Ortiz is up to 32 homers and 90 RBI for the season. It's his ninth career 30-homer season and 11th 90-RBI season. He moved into a tie with Chipper Jones for 32nd place on the all-time RBI list at 1,623.
Sep 9 - 11:43 PM

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