Legends On Deck

Big Papi Set To Retire After 2016 Season

David Ortiz

Photo by: Gabe Rodriguez

MLB.com reported on Tuesday that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, aka Big Papi, will retire at the end of the 2016 season.

As per multiple reports, he is supposed to announce his plans sometime Wednesday.

Ortiz started his professional career when he signed with the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent in 1992. In the summer of 1996, he was the player to be named later in an August 1996 trade with the Minnesota Twins, that sent Dave Hollins to Seattle.

Big Papi made his major league debut with the Twins in 1997 and in 15 games he batted .327 (16 for 49).  He remained with the Twins until after the 2002 season when he was released and signed by the Boston Red Sox as a free agent in January 2003. Probably one of the biggest signings in their franchise history.

In his first season with Boston, he hit .288, with 31 home runs and 101 RBI’s. Then from 2004-2008, he appeared in five straight all-star games, leading the league in home runs with 54 in 2006, and RBIs with 148 in 2005 and 137 in 2006.

Ortiz will be entering his 14th season with the Red Sox and 20th overall. He is a 9-time all-star and has amassed 2303 hits, 584 doubles, 503 home runs, and 1641 RBI’s, with a lifetime batting average of .284.

Ortiz was part of the 2004 Red Sox team that fell to the New York Yankees 3-0 in the ALCS, but then rallied to win four straight and advance to the franchises first World Series since the 1986 loss to the New York Mets.  But Big Papi and his teammates continued winning games all the way through the World Series and took home title for the first time in 86 years.

In 2007 and 2013, he helped to orchestrate two more World Championships for the Red Sox and helped turn around an organization that had been postseason starved for a few decades.

Ortiz has played a tremendous career that will definitely lead him to the Hall of Fame, but he will have one last season to try to bring another championship to Boston and add to his growing legacy.

David Conde
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