For David Ortiz, the Dominican Republic and Boston has been home since 2003. In four years, he might be enshrined into a third one, the Hall of Fame. The long time designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox retired after one of the best final seasons in MLB history. After recently having his number 34 retired in Fenway Park, the city of Boston is making a push for the BBWAA to elect him in four years.
In 151 games played last year, the slugger hit .315 with 38 home runs and 127 RBIs in his age 40 season. The 10 time All Star’s season ended on a short note after being swept by the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS and coming back onto the field for his teary goodbye.
His career accomplishments go beyond last season. The three time world series champion (04,07,13) and world series MVP in 2013, hit 541 career home runs with 2,472 hits, a career .286 batting average and 1,768 RBIs. His RBI total is the most among any designated hitter in the history of baseball. That is more than Frank Thomas, Edgar Martinez, and Don Baylor.
His contributions on the field are not the only grounds for his induction, his humanitarianism and kindness have shown that he was a great ambassador for the sport. Whether it be visiting the Boston Children’s Hospital on off days and before games, his endless work with The Jimmy Fund, and working with Make A Wish to help grant wishes for thousands of children and teens.
In the midst of the 2003 season, Ortiz failed a player survey about PEDs, never actually failing a test. With baseball players like Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Ryan Braun, and many others confessing to using PEDs, there is some speculation, but again never failed an actual test.
With his legacy being spread around Boston, should not it be fitting if the most decorated designated hitter in the history of the sport be recognized in cooperstown?