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David Ortiz | Designated Hitter | #34

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (40) / 11/18/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 1992 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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David Ortiz homered for his second time in as many games, ultimately going 2-for-3 with a walk in Saturday's win over the Yankees.
He may be 40 years old and poised to retire, but Ortiz continues to rake with a .321/.418/.654 slash line in 91 plate appearances. A ludicrous 16 of his 25 hits have now gone for extra-bases, including his solo home run off Johnny Barbato in the seventh inning. It marked his fifth homer of the season. He only had six through the end of May a year ago. It's been quite the retirement tour thus far. Apr 30 - 11:01 PM

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David Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer in a 4-2 win over the Yankees on Friday night.

Ortiz took a first-pitch curveball from Dellin Betances and launched it over the Green Monster to give Boston the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. The veteran slugger was 0-for-7 with four strikeouts against Betances before the go-ahead blast. Ortiz is now up to 507 home runs for his career and is batting .297/.395/.568 with three home runs and 16 RBI through 21 games in his farewell season.
Apr 29 - 10:15 PM

Back in the lineup after sitting out two games in NL parks, David Ortiz doubled three times and drove in two runs Wednesday.

Lots of older sluggers lose doubles more so than homers as they age, but that certainly hasn't happened to Ortiz; he finished with 37 doubles last year and is up to 11 already in 2016. Of course, Fenway and the Green Monster help some there. Tonight's game was the third of his career with three doubles, the others coming in 2011 and 2015.
Apr 27 - 11:58 PM

David Ortiz will also likely be on the bench for Tuesday's game against the Braves.

The Red Sox don't have the luxury of the DH spot under National League rules, so Ortiz will have to function as a bench bat during the series. The veteran slugger will return to the starting lineup when the series shifts to Fenway Park on Wednesday.
Apr 25 - 6:43 PM

David Ortiz is out of the Red Sox lineup on Monday night in Atlanta.

Travis Shaw will start at first base and Josh Rutledge will handle the hot corner in a game played under National League rules. Ortiz is available off the bench.
Apr 25 - 3:55 PM

David Ortiz is sitting Monday against the Blue Jays.

It's the annual Patriots' Day game at Fenway Park, and Ortiz will be on the bench for the early 11:05 a.m. ET first pitch. Hanley Ramirez is serving as Boston's designated hitter and Travis Shaw will start at first base.
Apr 18 - 8:49 AM

David Ortiz doubled in a run and ripped career home run No. 506 in Tuesday's loss to the Orioles.

The Red Sox were out-slugged in this one, but Big Papi kept up his early-season hot streak. The future Hall of Famer took Mike Wright over the boards in the first inning and doubled in the eighth to notch his fourth multi-hit game in six tries. Ortiz needs four more longballs to pass Gary Sheffield and move into the top-25 all-time among home run hitters.
Apr 12 - 11:23 PM

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

Big Papi, who has been swinging an extremely hot bat in the early going, will get a day of rest against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Hanley Ramirez will serve as the club's designated hitter while Travis Shaw shifts over to first base and Pablo Sandoval draws the start at the hot corner.
Apr 9 - 9:57 AM

David Ortiz homered in back-to-back games with a solo shot in Wednesday's loss to Cleveland.

Although he’s 40 years old and poised to retire, Ortiz is showing that he still has plenty of life in the bat. His solo homer in the sixth inning against the Indians was his second homer in as many days, and all three of his hits in 2016 have gone for extra bases. It was also career home run No. 505, moving him past Eddie Murray on the all-time home run list. Don’t get distracted by his retirement tour. The big man can still bring the thunder.
Apr 6 - 10:19 PM

David Ortiz slugged the 504th home run of his career Tuesday as the Red Sox beat the Indians in their regular-season opener.

It was a two-run shot in the ninth inning off Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer. Ortiz ties Eddie Murray at 26th on the all-time home run list and he also becomes the active leader in Opening Day home runs with five. The big DH showed excellent bat speed in frigid conditions at Cleveland's Progressive Field on Tuesday afternoon and could be lined up for a nice final year as an active Major League Baseball player.
Apr 5 - 4:35 PM

David Ortiz hit his first spring homer Thursday off the Twins' Kyle Gibson.

The homer came in Ortiz's final ever Grapefruit League at-bat. Ortiz almost always struggles in March, and he came in at .175/.195/.275 this time around.
Mar 31 - 4:45 PM

Playing in his final spring training home game, David Ortiz went 0-for-3 on Monday.

Ortiz got a golf cart from the Red Sox and a nice send-off from the Fort Myers crowd, but it was another bad day at the plate. He's 6-for-35 with one double, no homer and no walks this spring. Fortunately, this is nothing new for him. In 2014, he actually hit .054 in spring training. He hasn't had an .800 OPS in March since 2009.
Mar 28 - 4:30 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 11:31:00 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 12:54:00 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.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 03:45:00 PM

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3B1Travis Shaw
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LF1Brock Holt
CF1Jackie Bradley
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DH1David Ortiz
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