The MLB Hot Stove is cooking prior to the Winter Meetings and guys like Craig Kimbrel, Andrelton Simmons and Leonys Martin have already been moved. But just today, we find out that David Ortiz will be retiring after the 2016 season.
Prior to 2003, not many had even heard of Big Papi, who was a member of the Minnesota Twins for parts of 6 seasons. Ortiz hit 58 home runs and drove in 238 runs over 1477 ABs with the Twins.
Ortiz was actually traded to the Twins by the Seattle Mariners, as a player to be named later. The Mariners acquired Dave Hollins in the deal.
The moment he teamed up with Manny Ramirez in Boston, Ortiz became a household name.
Since 2003, Ortiz owns the 13th highest WAR among hitters. Albert Pujols is the only player in the MLB with more home runs (44 more) and only Miguel Cabrera (1445) and Pujols (1441) have more RBI than Ortiz (1403). Mark Teixeira is next with 1254, the only other player with at least 1184.
Big Papi hit back-to-back-to-back 40 HR seasons from 2004-06. Nobody hit more HRs or racked up more RBI.
- In 2004, he finished 4th in AL MVP voting behind Vladamir Guerrero, Gary Sheffield and Manny Ramirez.
- In 2005, he finished 2nd in AL MVP voting behind Alex Rodriguez.
- In 2006, he finished 3rd in AL MVP voting behind Justin Morneau and Derek Jeter.
- In 2007, he finished 4th in AL MVP voting behind A-Rod, Magglio Ordonez and Guerrero.
There’s no question that Ortiz will go down as an important member of the Red Sox pantheon. He was, of course, a key member of the organization’s 2004, 2007, and 2013 championship clubs. If anything, he’s been even better in the post-season — especially the World Series, where he owns an unfathomable .455/.576/.795 batting line over 59 total plate appearances. – MLB Trade Rumors
David Ortiz: fourth player in MLB history to hit 500 HR and win three World Series titles. Others: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 17, 2015