Boston Red Sox designated hitter and league-wide home run threat David Ortiz will retire at the end of the season, per a report from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Thus will end a 20-year MLB career for Ortiz, known to his teammates as “Big Papi.”
Needless to say, the man is definitely bound for the Hall of Fame despite playing DH for a majority of his career. As of the end of this season, he has a .284 lifetime batting average with 503 home runs and 1,641 RBI in a career spent with Boston as well as the Minnesota Twins. He has made nine All-Star teams and won three World Series rings with the Red Sox, in 2004, 2007 and 2013.
Ortiz’s clutch hitting in the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees was instrumental in helping Boston come back from a 3-0 series deficit and win it in seven games. Boston would go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to end an 86-year championship drought for the team.
Ortiz also has a reputation as being one of MLB’s friendliest players, so fans and players alike will definitely miss him.
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