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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Baseball Player David Ortiz On Being 'Big Papi'
NPR - 9 months
David Greene talks with legendary baseball player David Ortiz. His career includes three World Series wins with the Boston Red Sox. Ortiz retired in 2016 and is out with a new memoir.
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David Ortiz still doesn’t like Tom Kelly
NPR - 9 months
David Ortiz' book came out today and Minnesota Twins fans who idolize former manager Tom Kelly may want to skip it.
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David Ortiz: Former manager Bobby Valentine was 'aggravating as hell, arrogant and disrespectful'
LATimes - 10 months
Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had a frustrating season in 2012, and not just because of the injury to his right Achilles tendon that kept him sidelined for much of the year. In a Sports Illustrated excerpt from his new book, “Papi,” Ortiz says the source of frustration for him and...
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The Papi Papers: How David Ortiz endured the most difficult year of his career Papi: My Story - Sports Illustrated
Google News - 10 months
Sports Illustrated The Papi Papers: How David Ortiz endured the most difficult year of his career Papi: My Story Sports Illustrated The 2012 season was one of the worst years of David Ortiz's life, and then real tragedy struck. But something powerful came out of all that pain. Share. David Ortiz and Michael Holley. Wednesday May 10th, 2017. The following is excerpted from Papi: My ... and more »
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Look: Tom Brady, David Ortiz, other sports stars were stylin' and profilin' at Kentucky Derby - Sporting News
Google News - 10 months
Sporting News Look: Tom Brady, David Ortiz, other sports stars were stylin' and profilin' at Kentucky Derby Sporting News May 7, 2017 9:43am EDT May 7, 2017 9:43am EDT Horse Racing, English, Tony Romo, David Ortiz, Rickie Fowler, Tom Brady Tom Brady isn't the only sports star who loves the Kentucky Derby. Here's a look at several other top athletes who attended this ... Kentucky Derby: Tom Brady, Larry David and other celebrities in attendanceSports Illustrated LOOK: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers bumped into each other at the Kentucky DerbyCBSSports.com all 41 news articles »
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David Ortiz to address grads of Rhode Island tech college
Fox News - 10 months
Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is getting his first honorary degree, as he delivers the commencement address to graduates of a technical college in Rhode Island.
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‘If You Take Out Kenan Thompson, The Studio Will Explode'
Huffington Post - 10 months
Kenan Thompson took the stage in an oversized three-piece suit and an awkward wig bursting with Jheri curls. He looked, objectively speaking, completely and utterly ridiculous. Seconds before, a BET logo flashed across the screen as SNL cast member Will Forte, playing a talk show announcer, introduced the sketch: “It’s ‘What’s Up With That!’ Tackling the issues of today with soul,” Forte bellowed. “Now, here’s your host: Diondre Cole!” It was October 17, 2009, and unlikely as it seemed, Thompson was finally about to have his moment with the debut of a Saturday Night Live skit that would define him. He boogied in with a silly zip to each step. Perfectly in time, perfectly in tune and perfectly in control, Thompson began to sing, “Ooo―eee! What up with that? What up with that?” along with his two go-go dancers, played by Nasim Pedrad and Jenny Slate. What, exactly, was happening? Almost no one seemed to know, most especially the bewildered guests of the fictional show, whi...
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Red Sox provide further proof that David Ortiz isn't coming back for the 2017 season
Fox News - about 1 year
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 year
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 - about 1 year
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 - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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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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.
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    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.
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    Prior to the Boston Red Sox home opener on April 11, 2016, Ortiz's daughter, Alex Ortiz, performed the national anthem.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 32
    Ortiz released his own Charity Wine label in 2008 with all the proceeds going to the David Ortiz Children's Fund.
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  • 2007
    Age 31
    The David Ortiz Children's Fund was founded in 2007 to support a range of causes that Ortiz believes in.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 1998
    Age 22
    Ortiz suffered wrist injuries in both 1998 and 2001.
  • 1997
    Age 21
    Ortiz made his Major League debut for the Twins on September 2, 1997.
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  • 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.
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  • 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".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Born on November 18, 1975.
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