David Ortiz

David Ortiz
Birthdate 11/18/1975
Death Date
Debut Year 1997
Year of Induction 2022
Teams Red Sox, Twins
Positions Designated Hitter, First Base

A nine-time All Star, and three-time World Series champion, David Ortiz is MLB’s All Time leader in hits, homers, and RBI by a designated hitter.

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Big Papi was a fan favorite in the city of Boston

Big Papi was a fan favorite in the city of Boston

David Ortiz played parts of six seasons for the Minnesota Twins. In 2002 they let him slip through their fingers, releasing him that December. The Red Sox scooped him up a month later. Ortiz made an immediate impact in Boston, hitting 31 homers and driving in 101 runs. Big Papi stayed with the Sox f

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Judgment of Steroid Era comes every year at Hall of Fame

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(Editors’ note: Mike Piazza was inducted into the Hall of Fame on July 24, 2016.) Can the game’s story be complete without a plaque of the baseball’s all-time home run leader? Doesn’t the man with the most Cy Young Awards deserve induction? How about the catcher with the most career homers? All have been on the ballot, yet none is enshrined. The allegations pointed toward Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are well-documented. The case for Mike Piazza remains less clear. Certainly his numbers are certainly Cooperstown-worthy. Amassed in any other era, his 427 homers and .308 lifetime average would be enough to garner the catcher a bronze plaque. Piazza’s six seasons with at least 100 runs batted in, 12 all-star appearances, and ten Silver Slugger awards certainly seem Cooperstown-worthy. In today’s Hall of Fame voting process, however, numbers aren’t enough. That’s where hypocrisy begins to creep in. During the steroid era, the Baseball Writers concerned themselves only with on-field performance. Seven times they voted prickly Barry Bonds the MVP; seven times they cast enough votes for Roger Clemens to receive the Cy Young Award. No one cared then that the players’ statistics might have been aided by performance enhancing drugs. When those same two players were on the Hall of Fame […]

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