David Ortiz

Professional Baseball Player
Born Nov 18, 1975

David Américo Ortiz Arias, nicknamed "Big Papi", is a Dominican-American professional baseball player with the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. Mostly a designated hitter, Ortiz sometimes plays at first base. 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.… Read More

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  • David Ortiz: 'my Playing Time Has Already Expired'
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    Wall Street Journal - Dec 02, 2016
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    Wall Street Journal - Dec 01, 2016
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    ABC News - Nov 13, 2016


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of David Ortiz.


1975 Birth Born on November 18, 1975.


1992 16 Years Old Ortiz graduated from Estudia Espaillat High School in the Dominican Republic and in 1992 he was signed by the Seattle Mariners, who listed him as "David Arias".


1996 20 Years Old 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. … Read More
1997 21 Years Old Ortiz made his Major League debut for the Twins on September 2, 1997. … Read More
1998 22 Years Old Ortiz suffered wrist injuries in both 1998 and 2001.
2002 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 2002, he continued to experience knee problems that lingered throughout the season, despite hitting 20 home runs, 75 runs batted in (RBIs) and 32 doubles in 125 games. … Read More


2006 30 Years Old Ortiz is a ten-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion, and holder of the Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, set during the 2006 season. … Read More
2007 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2007, sporting-goods company Reebok debuted the Big Papi 10M Mid Baseball cleat, which Ortiz first used during the 2007 MLB All Star Game in San Francisco, California. … Read More
2008 32 Years Old Ortiz released his own Charity Wine label in 2008 with all the proceeds going to the David Ortiz Children's Fund. … Read More
2009 33 Years Old 1 More Event
On July 30, 2009, The New York Times, citing anonymous sources, reported that Ortiz was among a group of over 100 major league players on a list compiled by federal investigators, that allegedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs during Major League Baseball survey testing conducted in spring training of 2003. … Read More
2010 34 Years Old In April 2010, rapper and producer Jay-Z and his business partner Juan Perez initiated a trademark infringement case against Ortiz, alleging that the name of Ortiz's night club was stolen from Jay-Z's chain of sports clubs in New York. … Read More
2015 39 Years Old …  On November 18, 2015, his 40th birthday, Ortiz announced on the website The Players' Tribune that he will retire following the 2016 season.


Prior to the Boston Red Sox home opener on April 11, 2016, Ortiz's daughter, Alex Ortiz, performed the national anthem.
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