David Ortiz
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Di D.R.
  • Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: September 02, 1997
  • Final Game: October 02, 2016
  • ALCS MVP - 2004
  • Silver Slugger - 2004
  • TSN All-Star - 2004
  • Hank Aaron Award - 2005
  • Silver Slugger - 2005
  • TSN All-Star - 2005
  • Silver Slugger - 2006
  • TSN All-Star - 2006
  • Silver Slugger - 2007
  • TSN All-Star - 2007
  • Roberto Clemente Award - 2011
  • Silver Slugger - 2011
  • Silver Slugger - 2013
  • World Series MVP - 2013
 
ABRHHRRBISBAVG
864014192472541176817 0.286
 

Here is the next great Designated Hitter up for debate, and some could argue that this is the greatest ever.

When David Ortiz played for the Minnesota Twins he was never pegged as a potential superstar and he would actually be released in a cost cutting move.  At the request of fellow countryman Pedro Martinez he was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 2003 and Ortiz would see regular time at First Base and Designated Hitter.  Ortiz’ power numbers would blossom and he put up 31 Home Runs and 101 Runs Batted In.   This was good but in 2004, David Ortiz would become a star.

2004 would see Ortiz smack 41 Home Runs with a .301 Batting Average en route to going to his first All Star Game and winning the Silver Slugger.  More importantly Ortiz was on fire in the post season and “Big Papi” proved to be clutch taking the Red Sox to their first World Series win in decades.  Ortiz was not just cemented as the best DH in baseball but also as one of the greatest offensive threats in the game period.

Over the next decade, Ortiz would remain near the top of the game.  He would win the Home Run title in 2006 and smacked 541 in total.  He also showed he could hit for average as he batted over .300 seven times.  The Dominican superstar would be named an All Star ten times, win the Silver Slugger seven times and was the Edgar Martinez Award winner eight times.   While he was showing himself off as one of the top offensive stars in the game, he helped keep Boston in playoff contention and would again take the BoSox to the promised land winning two more World Series titles in 2007 & 2013, the latter of which he was named the World Series MVP.

Ortiz has the career stats for the Hall and it should be noted that he probably could have padded them easily as in his final season (2016) he would lead the AL in Doubles, Runs Batted In, Slugging Percentage and OPS, so who is to say he couldn’t have hit 59 more taters to reach 600?

Will the Hall of Fame voters use a DH bias with David Ortiz?  Some of them sadly most certainly will.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 2022
  • Position: First Base, Designated Hitter
  • Played For: Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All Star (10) (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2016)

    World Series MVP (1) (2013)

    ALCS MVP (1) (2004)

    Hank Aaron Award (AL) (1) (2005 & 2016)

    Roberto Clemente Award (1) (2011)

    Edgar Martinez Award (8) (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013 & 2016)

    Silver Slugger (7) (AL) (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013 & 2016)

    Highest On Base Percentage (AL) (1) (2007)

    Highest Slugging Percentage (AL) (1) (2016)

    Highest OPS (AL) (1) (2016)

    Most Total Bases (AL) (1) (2006)

    Most Doubles (AL) (1) (2016)

    Most Home Runs (AL) (1) (2006)

    Most Runs Batted In (AL) (3) (2005, 2006 & 2016)

    Most Walks (AL) (2) (2006 & 2007)

    Most Intentional Walks (AL) (3) (2013, 2015 & 2016)

    Highest Win Probability Added (AL) (2) (2005 & 2006)

    World Series Rings (3) (Boston Red Sox, 2004, 2007 & 2013)
  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:

    (AL: 2003, 5th), (AL: 2004, 4th), (AL: 2005, 2nd), (AL: 2006, 3rd), (AL: 2007, 4th), (AL: 2013, 10th) & (AL: 2016, 6th)      

    4 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)

    6 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)

    11 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)

    11 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)

    10 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)

    3 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)

    7 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)

    6 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)

    9 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)

    9 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)

    9 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)

    6 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)

    3 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 10. Doubles: 632
    13. Intentional Walks: 209
    17. Home Runs: 541
    22. Runs Batted In: 1,768
    25. Slugging Percentage: .552
    31. Total Bases: 4,765
    36. OPS: .931
    40. Walks: 1,319
    41. Win Probability Added: 50.6
    72. OPS+: 141
    80. Plate Appearances: 10,091
    84. Games Played: 2,408
    89. Runs Scored: 1,419

Should David Ortiz be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 100%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
Tagged under
More in this category: « Colby Lewis Jake Peavy »

Add comment


Security code
Refresh