David Ortiz
Professional baseball player
David Ortiz
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.
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Red Sox provide further proof that David Ortiz isn't coming back for the 2017 season
Fox News - about 1 month
However, No. 34 is becoming a permanent part of Fenway Park
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David Ortiz: 'My playing time has already expired'
ABC News - about 1 month
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- David Ortiz?says that he is happily retired from baseball and that despite rumors to the contrary, his decision will not change. "My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. The 41-year-old slugger said that for the first time in more than two decades, he is not physically preparing to play baseball this offseason. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow,'" Ortiz said "Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency." The former? Red Sox DH batted .315 with 38 homers and led the American League in doubles (48), RBIs (127), slugging percentage (.620) and OPS (1,021) last season. He was sixth in the AL MVP voting and made his 10th appearance in the All-Star... ...
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Red Sox 'Big Papi' Takes a Swing at Private-Equity
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said he and a star-studded group of former players are launching Dugout Ventures, a private-equity fund that will focus on companies manufacturing the next generation of baseball equipment.
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'Big Papi,' David Ortiz, Looks to Score in Private-Equity
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
Baseball's David Ortiz, better known as "Big Papi," is launching a private-equity fund with other baseball legends including Nolan Ryan and Barry Larkin. WSJ's Matthew Futterman tells Lunch Break's Tanya Rivero the fund will focus on companies manufacturing the next generation of baseball equipment. Photo: Getty
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AL East offseason preview: The one big question for each team
ABC News - 4 months
With free agency set to begin Tuesday, the offseason is about to get underway. What are the big questions facing all 30 teams? We're starting with the American League East. Who will replace David Ortiz? 2016 record: 93-69 Let's be clear: No one can replace Big Papi. Ortiz was the face of the Red Sox for most of these past 14 years, the lone link between the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series winners. And he delivered more than clutch hits. When something needed to be said, Ortiz usually stepped forward. But Ortiz's production must be replaced. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval's return from shoulder surgery, a full season of young outfielder Andrew Benintendi and an eventual contribution from top prospect Yoan Moncada will help, but it's doubtful they will add up to Ortiz's farewell-season totals of 38 homers and 127 RBIs. ...
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AL East offseason preview: The one big question for each team
ABC News - 4 months
With free agency set to begin Tuesday, the offseason is about to get underway. What are the big questions facing all 30 teams? We're starting with the American League East. Who will replace David Ortiz? 2016 record: 93-69 Let's be clear: No one can replace Big Papi. Ortiz was the face of the Red Sox for most of these past 14 years, the lone link between the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series winners. And he delivered more than clutch hits. When something needed to be said, Ortiz usually stepped forward. But Ortiz's production must be replaced. Third baseman Pablo Sandoval's return from shoulder surgery, a full season of young outfielder Andrew Benintendi and an eventual contribution from top prospect Yoan Moncada will help, but it's doubtful they will add up to Ortiz's farewell-season totals of 38 homers and 127 RBIs. ...
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Red Sox look internally, short term for David Ortiz's replacement
ABC News - 4 months
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Boston Red Sox may replace retiring designated hitter David Ortiz internally or with a short-term free agent rather than pursuing one of the prominent long-term options on the market, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters at the MLB general managers meetings Monday. Ortiz, a 10-time All-Star, hit 38 home runs, drove in 127 runs and led the major leagues with an OPS of 1.021 in the final season of a 20-year career. He won the Hank Aaron Award as the American League's best hitter this season. Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo are among the top power hitters available on the free-agent market. But they are all expected to seek multiyear deals, and Dombrowski said the Red Sox might take a more modest approach to filling their DH spot. "I'm not sure if we're going to do it internally with a lot of the people we have or go outside the organization," Dombrowski said. "We. ...
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Gate 34 at Boston's Logan Airport to be named after Big Papi
Fox News - 4 months
BOSTON (AP) Red Sox fans will soon have another memory of recently-retired slugger David Ortiz when traveling out of Boston's Logan Airport.
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Ortiz, Bryant win Hank Aaron Awards
Yahoo News - 4 months
Veteran Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and young Cubs power hitter Kris Bryant were named winners of the 2016 Hank Aaron Awards on Wednesday as the most outstanding offensive performers in their respective league. The awards were handed out by Commissioner Rob Manfred and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron in a news conference before Game Two of the 112th World Series at Progressive Field between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. Bryant was already in the building as a key player with the Cubs, while Ortiz was ushered in for his first public appearance as a retired major leaguer.
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40 Under 40: Latinos In Sports
Huffington Post - 4 months
The 2016 sports season was filled with countless story lines ranging from redemptions, to walk off retirements and dramatic Olympic performances. And in the center of these were many influential Latinos. However, even though Latinos have made great strides in sports, the community still faces multiple barriers to entry. This can be seen in becoming a professional, and Olympic athlete, as well as in the disproportionate amount of diversity in management, journalism and ownership positions vis-a-vis to the constantly evolving percentage of players of color in the NFL, NBA, and MLB to name a few. Yet despite these obstacles various role models have cracked into this sector and have paved the way for many. Armando Salguero (Miami Herald) and Dan Le Batard (ESPN), Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC), Jose de Jesus Ortiz (St. Louis Dispatch), Tony Gonzalez (CBS), Jesse Sanchez (MLB), Angel Rodríguez (LA Times), Arturo "Artie"Moreno (Owner of LA Angels), Linda Alvarado (Owner of Colorado Rocki ...
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David Ortiz Calls It a Career
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz’s 20-year career came to an abrupt and unfulfilling end Monday night, as the star and his club were swept out of the playoffs by the Cleveland Indians.
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How to bet the ALDS between Boston and Cleveland
ABC News - 5 months
Oh, what might have been. Just a month ago, this had the makings of a strength-on-strength matchup featuring the best offense in baseball versus the best 1-2-3 rotation in the American League. However, late season injuries to Cleveland starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar have the Indians scrambling for a strategy to neutralize the Red Sox's potent lineup. It's refreshing to see new blood in the playoffs. The Indians make their first appearance in the Division Series in nine years, and they'll welcome perennial American League East cellar dwellers, the Boston Red Sox, to town. We kid, we kid! But the Red Sox did finish in last place in their division in three of the past four years. Of course, the exception was 2013, when they captured their third title of the David Ortiz era. This has truly been a boom or bust franchise for five seasons. The Red Sox send 2016 Cy Young Candidate and 22-game winner . ...
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Baseball: Cubs hope to change fortunes; Ortiz eyes storybook end
Reuters.com - 5 months
(Reuters) - The MLB postseason opens this week with no shortage of intrigue as the Chicago Cubs try to snap the longest title drought in professional sports history while Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz seeks a storybook ending to his career.
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Awards watch: Betts and Ortiz battling for AL MVP
ABC News - 5 months
Let's have one final awards watch. As always, we start with Dan Szymborski's odds, based on historical stats of previous winners. The thing that jumps out: David Ortiz has climbed to a close second on the MVP board: Some quick thoughts on each award: AL MVP: The Red Sox's clinching pf the AL East is a boost to both Betts and Ortiz, with Altuve's chances hurt by the Astros' playoff odds dropping to near zero. Betts has a big edge in Ortiz in WAR -- 9.4 to 4.9, thanks in part to 100 more plate appearances and obvious advantages on defense and baserunning -- but Ortiz fares well in the odds chart because he's the league's best hitter on a playoff team and ranks second in RBIs. Historically, RBI guys fare well in the voting. That said, voters have never rewarded a full-time DH. Don Baylor played 65 games at DH in 1979 when he won, the only guy comes close to classifying as a DH ( Frank Thomas was. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of David Ortiz
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 40
    On October 2, 2016 at a press conference at Fenway Park, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said it was "entirely possible" Ortiz did not test positive during the MLB survey drug testing in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The commissioner stated that the alleged failed test should not harm Ortiz' legacy, and that there were "legitimate scientific questions about whether or not those were truly positives." He also said that it is unfair for Hall of Fame voters to consider "leaks, rumors, innuendo, not confirmed positive test results," when assessing a player. Notes: Through 2015 season. Per Baseball-Reference.com.
    On May 14, at Fenway Park 2016, Ortiz batted home both the game-tying run in the ninth inning and the game-winning run in extra innings as he doubled, tripled and homered against the Houston Astros.
    More Details Hide Details The double was a walk-off hit to lift the Red Sox to a 6–5 win in the 11th inning, his 20th career walk-off hit. The triple had tied the scored in the ninth inning, and, in a career where he averaged approximately one triple per season, this game marked the first time he had at least one of each type of extra base hit in the same game. The double was the 600th of Ortiz' career, making him the 15th player all time to reach the milestone. He also joined Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds as the third player with 500 career home runs and 600 career doubles. After hitting his 30th home run on August 24, Ortiz became the oldest major leaguer to do so, and also reached 100 RBI. It was the tenth time in his career he reached both milestones, a Red Sox record. He hit his 625th career double two days later against the Royals, passing Hank Aaron for tenth place all-time.
    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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  • THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 39
    On November 18, 2015, his 40th birthday, Ortiz announced on the website The Players' Tribune that he will retire following the 2016 season.
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  • 2010
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2011, Ortiz reached a settlement deal with Jay-Z and Perez.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    On August 8, 2009, Ortiz held a press conference before a game at Yankee Stadium and denied ever buying or using steroids and suggested the positive test might have been due to his use of supplements and vitamins at the time.
    More Details Hide Details When asked which supplements he had been taking, Ortiz said he did not know. Ortiz was accompanied at the press conference by Michael Weiner, the general counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association. Because the list of players 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, both Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association issued statements pointing out that because of several factors, any player appearing on the list compiled by federal investigators 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 cause a positive test result.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The survey testing was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association to determine the extent of performance-enhancing drug use among players before permanent testing was officially implemented starting in 2004. As part of the agreement, the results of the survey testing were supposed to remain confidential and no suspensions or penalties would be issued to any player testing positive.
  • 2008
    Age 32
    Ortiz released his own Charity Wine label in 2008 with all the proceeds going to the David Ortiz Children's Fund.
    More Details Hide Details The wine called Vintage Papi proceeded to raise $150,000 for charity.
  • 2007
    Age 31
    The David Ortiz Children's Fund was founded in 2007 to support a range of causes that Ortiz believes in.
    More Details Hide Details The Fund allows Ortiz the flexibility to donate to those children who are in the most need at any given time, from Boston to the Dominican Republic and beyond.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2009, Ortiz opened a night club called "Forty-Forty" in his native Dominican Republic.
  • 2006
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Ortiz hit 541 career home runs, which ranks 17th on the MLB all-time home run list. He is the all-time leader in MLB history for home runs (485), runs batted in (RBIs) (1,569), and hits (2,192) by a DH.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 2013, Ortiz announced that he and his wife were separating, but they later reconciled. On June 11, 2008, Ortiz became a United States citizen at John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. Ortiz has received approximately $4.5 million in endorsements over the years.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Twins released Ortiz after the season, after finding themselves unable to find a team willing to trade for him. In parts of six seasons totaling 455 games with the Twins, Ortiz hit 58 home runs and had 238 RBIs. 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 Designated Hitter. On June 1, manager Grady Little benched Jeremy Giambi and inserted Ortiz into the starting lineup as the full-time DH. Ortiz hit 8 home runs in July and 11 in August. He finished the season with 31 home runs, 101 RBIs and a .288 average, finishing fifth in the American League MVP voting. In the postseason, Ortiz 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 6 RBIs as Boston lost in seven games.
  • 1998
    Age 22
    Ortiz suffered wrist injuries in both 1998 and 2001.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    Ortiz made his Major League debut for the Twins on September 2, 1997.
    More Details Hide Details For several years, he split playing time between the Twins and their minor league affiliate in Connecticut, the New Britain Rock Cats, playing at first base and as a DH. Ortiz battled a series of injuries and inconsistency in the field and at the plate.
  • 1996
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When he arrived in Minnesota, he informed the team that he preferred to be listed as "David Ortiz."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1992
    Age 16
    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".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Born on November 18, 1975.
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