When he does retire, Ortiz will be one of the few who leave with some gas still left in the tank. Though many have been trying to bury him for years, Ortiz continues to amaze. Five years after his retirement, he should become the first player who played primarily as a designated hitter to be elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.
Look at these numbers:
- 9 times over 100 RBI (one year with 96)
- 9 times over 30 homers
- .284 career batting average
- .925 career OPS
- 503 career homers (27th all-time)
- 1,641 RBI (30th all-time)
- 584 double (18th all-time)
All this from a guy who was once included as the player to be named later by the Seattle Mariners, and later released by the Minnesota Twins in 2002. And I don’t want to hear about PEDs. He has never failed a drug test. Well, there supposedly was one – but no one in MLB will tell him what he supposedly tested positive for. The rumors are simply petty and jealous comments by cowards on social media and the press. Prove it and I may change my tune, but I do not believe that proof exists.
And Ortiz may be even more beloved in Boston than Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, or Pedro Martinez – especially after informing everyone after the Boston Marathon bombing, “This is our f**king city.”
Maybe he’ll run for mayor. He just might win.
Also in this episode:
- A look at the MLB awards
- The assault on fantasy sports continues
- Craig Kimbrel heading to the Red Sox
- Olivia Munn the scourge of Green Bay?
- NHL all-star game format is the dumbest thing ever
- My pick for team of the week
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