If the report is true, it’s big news. Boston Red Sox designated hitter and face of the franchise David Ortiz will retire from baseball following the 2016 season. This is according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Ortiz will turn 40 on November 18 and will enter his 20th season in Major League Baseball and his 14th season with the Red Sox this coming season. The slugger is ready to make his victory march and sail off into the sunset.
Big Papi signed a two-year contract with the Red Sox in 2014 with a vesting option for the 2016 season. Ortiz’s option vested this past season when he reached the 425 plate appearance mark. He also has a vesting option for 2017 based on plate appearances, but the option won’t matter if Ortiz opts to step away from baseball.
Ortiz is a 3x World Series Champion (2004, 2007, 2013); World Series MVP (2013); 9× All-Star (2004–2008, 2010–2013); 6× Silver Slugger Award winner (2004–2007, 2011, 2013); 7× Edgar Martinez Award winner (2003–2007, 2010, 2013); and a member of the 500 home run club.
The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native signed with the Seattle Mariners in 1992 and was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1996. After spending six seasons with the Twins, Minnesota released Ortiz. On January 22, 2013, Ortiz signed with the Red Sox and the rest is history.
Over his MLB career, Ortiz has posted a .284 batting average with 503 home runs and 1,641 RBI.