Ortiz pointing to the sky after hitting a home run
|Boston Red Sox – No. 34|
November 18, 1975 |
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|September 2, 1997 for the Minnesota Twins|
(through May 23, 2013)
|Runs batted in||1,360|
|Career highlights and awards|
David Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975), nicknamed "Big Papi", is a Dominican-American professional baseball designated hitter with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Mostly a designated hitter, Ortiz played first base during his early career. Ortiz played with the Minnesota Twins from 1997 until 2002. Ortiz is an eight-time All-Star and holds the Red Sox single season record for home runs in a regular season with 54, set during the 2006 season. In 2005, Red Sox ownership presented him with a plaque proclaiming Ortiz "the greatest clutch-hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox". He is one of 50 MLB players in history to hit at least 400 career home runs.
Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins (1992–2002)
Ortiz graduated from Estudia Espallat High School in the Dominican Republic and in 1992 he was signed by the Seattle Mariners, who listed him as "David Arias". He played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Mariners farm team, until 1996, when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins as the player to be named later in an earlier transaction for Dave Hollins. When he arrived in Minnesota, he informed the team that he preferred to be listed as "David Ortiz."
He made his Twins debut in September 1997. For several years, he split playing time between the Twins and their minor league affiliate in Connecticut, the New Britain Rock Cats. Ortiz battled a series of injuries and inconsistency both in the field and at the plate. Ortiz suffered wrist injuries in both 1998 and 2001. He continued to experience knee problems in early 2002 that lingered with him throughout the season, despite hitting 32 doubles, 20 home runs and 75 runs batted in (RBIs) in 125 games. He was released by the Twins after the season. In six seasons with the Twins, Ortiz hit 58 home runs and 238 RBIs.
Boston Red Sox (2003–present)
On January 22, Ortiz signed a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox. He played sparingly in the first two months of the season, primarily pinch hitting and starting occasionally as a DH. On June 1, manager Grady Little benched Jeremy Giambi and inserted Ortiz in the starting lineup as the full-time DH. In July, Ortiz hit eight home runs, and in August, 11. He finished the season batting .288 with 31 home runs and 101 RBIs, finishing fifth in the American League MVP voting.
In the postseason he struggled in the ALDS against the Oakland A's until Game 4, when he hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning off closer Keith Foulke to give the Red Sox the lead. In the ALCS against the New York Yankees, Ortiz had 2 home runs and six RBIs as Boston lost in seven games.
Ortiz played a major role in leading the Red Sox to their first World Series championship in 86 years. During the regular season, Ortiz hit 41 home runs and had 139 RBI while batting .301 with an OPS of .983. He finished second in the American League in both home runs and RBI. He was voted to the All-Star team for the first time in his career, and finished fourth in American League MVP voting.
In the playoffs, Ortiz hit .409 with five home runs and 23 RBIs. He had multiple game-winning hits to help Boston advance to and ultimately win the World Series. He hit a walk-off home run off Jarrod Washburn to win the American League Division Series against the Angels. He then hit a walk-off home run against Paul Quantrill of the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS and a walk-off single in Game 5 during the American League Championship Series. His post-season heroics earned him MVP honors for the ALCS, the first time a DH had ever been named MVP.
Ortiz was suspended for three games after being ejected, following an incident on July 16 in a game against the Angels in which he threw several bats onto the field that came close to hitting umpires Bill Hohn and Mark Carlson.
Ortiz hit 47 home runs and had 148 RBIs while batting .300 with an OPS of 1.001. He led the American League in RBIs, while finishing second in home runs and third in OPS. Ortiz finished second in the American League MVP voting to Alex Rodriguez while leading the Red Sox to their third consecutive playoff appearance, where they lost in the first round to the eventual champions, the White Sox.
Ortiz hit 54 home runs (setting a new Red Sox record) and had 137 RBIs, while batting .287 with an OPS of 1.049. He led the American League in both home runs and RBIs, winning the home run crown by 10 over Jermaine Dye. He finished third in the American League MVP voting.
On September 21, Ortiz broke Foxx' record by hitting his 51st home run off Johan Santana of the Twins. The home run came on a 1–0 pitch in the first inning and it was his 44th home run of the season as a designated hitter, breaking his own American League single-season record.
Ortiz helped lead the Red Sox to their seventh World Series title. Despite playing the entire season with a torn meniscus in his right knee as well as nagging injuries to his shoulder and quadriceps, he finished the year hitting .332 with 35 home runs and 117 RBIs. In addition, he hit 52 doubles, led the American League in extra base hits and had an OPS of 1.066.
In the postseason Ortiz batted .370 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.
Ortiz started slowly after suffering a wrist injury which caused him to miss several weeks. He played in only 109 games and finished the season hitting .264 with just 23 home runs and 89 RBIs, his lowest totals since joining the Red Sox.
Ortiz struggled early in the season, hitting only .206 with no home runs and 30 strikeouts in his first 34 games. On May 22, Ortiz hit his first home run of the season off Brett Cecil of the Toronto Blue Jays, ending his career-high 178 homerless at-bat streak. In June, Ortiz broke out of his slump by hitting 8 home runs with 22 RBIs. Ortiz had nine home runs in both July and August.
Ortiz finished the season with 28 home runs and 99 RBIs.
On April 2, Ortiz set the record for RBIs by a designated hitter with 1,004 passing Edgar Martínez.
On July 8, during a game against the Baltimore Orioles, three pitches were thrown inside close to Ortiz by Kevin Gregg. Ortiz took exception of the third ball that was close to him. Warnings were issued to both dugouts. When Ortiz popped out on the 3-0 count, Kevin Gregg taunted Ortiz and was ejected. Ortiz charged at Gregg and started a bench-clearing brawl. Both players were ejected for the incident and were each sentenced to a four game suspension.
Ortiz finished the season hitting .309 with 29 home runs and 96 RBIs.
On October 20, Major League Baseball announced that Ortiz was the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award.
On July 16, Ortiz suffered a season ending injury to his achilles heel. He finished the season batting .318 with 23 home runs and 60 RBIs in 90 games.
On April 20, before the first game played at Fenway Park since the Boston Marathon bombings and his first since August 2012 after an achilles tendon injury, Ortiz spoke to the crowd and stated "This is our fucking city, and no one is going to dictate our freedom. Stay strong."
Alleged performance-enhancing drug positive test in 2003
On July 30, 2009, The New York Times reported that Ortiz and then-teammate Manny Ramirez were among a group of roughly 100 major league players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs during 2003 survey testing. Five months before the Times allegations surfaced, Ortiz stated in an interview that players who tested positive for steroids should be suspended for an entire season. Before the Red Sox's game that afternoon, Ortiz declined to comment on the report, saying, "I'm not talking about that anymore." Afterwards, he confirmed he was on the list and promised to speak with the media once he "[got] to the bottom of" the matter.
Ten days later, Ortiz held a press conference before a game at Yankee Stadium and denied ever buying or using steroids but suggested the positive test might have been due to his use of supplements and vitamins at the time. When asked which supplements he had been taking, Ortiz said he did not know. Ortiz was accompanied at the press conference by the general counsel of the players union, Michael Weiner. Because the list of players who tested positive was seized as part of a government investigation and is currently under court-ordered seal pending the outcome of litigation, Weiner said the players union was unable to provide Ortiz with any details about his test result, including what substance he tested positive for.
On the same day, the Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement pointing out that because of several factors, any player appearing on the list compiled by the government in 2003 did not necessarily test positive for performance enhancing drugs. Among those factors were that the total number of players said to be on the list far exceeded the number of collected specimens that tested positive. In addition, there were questions raised regarding the lab that performed the testing and their interpretation of the positive tests. Also, the statement pointed out that certain legal supplements that were available over the counter at the time could possibly cause a positive test result.
Each time Ortiz crosses the plate after hitting a home run, he looks up and points both index fingers to the sky in tribute to his mother Angela Rosa Arias, who died in a car crash in January 2002 at the age of 46. Ortiz also has a tattoo of his mother on his biceps.
Ortiz and his wife Tiffany have three children. Since marrying Tiffany, he has become a fan of the Green Bay Packers (his wife hails from Kaukauna, Wisconsin, a town in between the cities of Green Bay and Appleton).
In April 2007, sporting goods company Reebok debuted the Big Papi 10M Mid Baseball cleat at a party in Canton, Massachusetts, home to the headquarters of Reebok International Ltd. At the party, Ortiz was quoted as saying, "Reebok's loyalty and friendship have always made me feel right at home and we are true partners in every sense of the word,... ." Ortiz first used the cleat during the 2007 MLB All Star Game in San Francisco, California.
The David Ortiz Children's Fund was founded in 2007 to support a range of causes that Ortiz believes in. The Fund allows Ortiz the flexibility to donate to those children are in the most need at any given time, from Boston to the Dominican Republic and beyond. Ortiz released his own Charity Wine label in 2008 with all the proceeds going to the David Ortiz Children's Fund. The wine called Vintage Papi proceeded to raise $150,000 for charity.
Trademark fight with Jay-Z
In April 2010, rapper and producer Jay-Z and his business partner Juan Perez initiated a trademark infringement case against Big Papi's night club 40/40 located in his native Dominican Republic. The suit claimed that Big Papi's night club name was chosen to take advantage of the fame of the record producer's chain of sports clubs. The term 40/40 in baseball refers to the ballplayers in the Major Leagues who have both 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.
- The Sporting News Designated Hitter of the Decade (2009)
- Sports Illustrated MLB All-Decade Team (2009)
- Member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series.
- Member of the 2007 Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series.
- American League Championship Series MVP (2004)
- 8-time All-Star (2004–2008, 2010–2012)
- 2005 Hank Aaron Award winner
- 6-time winner of the Edgar Martínez Award (2003–2007. 2011)
- 5-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award (2004–2007, 2011)
- Top 5 MVP vote-receiver five times (5th, 2003; 4th, 2004; 2nd, 2005; 3rd, 2006; 4th, 2007)
- Led the American League in extra base hits 3 times (2004, 2005, 2007)
- Led the American League in Home Runs (2006)
- Led the American League in Runs Batted In (2005, 2006)
- American League Player of the Month for September 2005, July 2006, and May 2010.
- Red Sox single-season home-run leader (54; 2006)
- Tied with Babe Ruth for AL single-season home-run record in road games (32; 2006)
- First player ever to hit two walk-off home runs in the same postseason (against the Angels (ALDS) and Yankees (ALCS), 2004)
- First player in Red Sox history to hit 40 or more home runs in three consecutive seasons (2004–2006)
- Second player in Red Sox history, joining Carl Yastrzemski, with 3 seasons of 40 or more home runs
- Set new record for home runs by a DH in 2005 (43), then again in 2006 (47)
- 6 seasons of at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs (2003–2007, 2010)
- Tied with Billy Hatcher for all-time post-season consecutive on-base streak (10)
- 85 extra-base hits or more for four consecutive years, something only 2 other players--Lou Gehrig (5) and Sammy Sosa (4)--have ever done.
- Ortiz's home run total increased each year from 2000–2006, starting with 10 home runs, and ending with 54.
- Became all time DH home run leader on September 15, 2009 by hitting his 270th as a Designated Hitter.
- Won 2010 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby
- Has hit 10 career walk-off HRs
- On April 2, 2011 Ortiz became MLB's all time RBI leader by a designated hitter
- On July 27, 2011 Ortiz hit his 1,000th RBI with the Boston Red Sox
- 2011 Roberto Clemente Award winner.
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- 50 home run club
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- List of Major League Baseball RBI champions
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- Browne, Ian (July 30, 2009). "Ortiz responds to positive test news". MLB.com. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
- "David Ortiz of Boston Red Sox apologizes, says he never used or bought steroids". ESPN.com. August 8, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
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- David Ortiz Playing Field Promotions
- "Red Sox slugger Ortiz sworn as US citizen". Yahoo! Sports. June 11, 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2008.
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- Reebok Hosts Big Party for Big Papi Business Wire News, URL accessed December 12, 2008
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- Tom Verducci (March 4, 2008). "Is Ortiz a Hall of Famer?". Sports Illustrated.
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