Nor is there any doubt that Big Papi left his mark on the MLB and the choice to Hall of Fame It was a matter of time, after harvesting several records and titles with the Boston Red Sox, who is now immortal.
The slugger of Dominican Republic was elected 10 times All-Star during the 20 seasons of his career, where he was key to the Red Sox and was the fear of the Big Top pitchers.
Ortiz batted for .286 with 541 home runs with Boston and Minnesota while making 88% of his plate appearances as a designated hitter, the most of anyone in the Hall. He had a .286/.380/.552 offensive line with 2,472 hits, 632 doubles, and 541 home runs.
He was instrumental in Boston ending the World Series title drought of more than 86 years, which ended in 2004 where he had the definitive hits in the postseason.
“We broke the curse and got two championships more before I retire in 2016. What a sweet and beautiful journey it has been,” he said in a statement.
Big Papi’s story began far from Boston, was signed by Seattle as a teenager and traded to Minnesota as a minor league player. He made his major league debut with the Twins in 1997. but failing to show off his hidden talent, he was released in 2002, signed a free agent contract with Boston and hit 31 home runs the next season… the rest is history.