honour. The Dominican Sports Hall of Fame will house the charismatic and legend of the Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz, one of the most infamous gunners to have stepped into the Major Leagues as a designated batter.
Ortiz, three-time champion of the World Series (2004, 07 and 2013) will be elevated at the 55 Ceremonial of the Hall of Fame to be held on Sunday, November 14 from 10 a.m. in the auditorium of the institution, located in the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.
The immortal election of the former Boston Red Sox slugger was announced yesterday by the Hall of Fame’s Standing Committee Chair, Dr. Dionisio Guzman.
He argued that when he entered his first year of eligibility, Ortiz’s choice was a sort of formality for the jury responsible for his selection.
Ortiz is one of three professional players to be included in the 2021 class, following the early roster of Julián Tavárez and Rafael Furcal.
He is also the ninth athlete chosen to be immortalized in this year’s version, which includes propellants Carlos Lamarche Rey, Nelly Manuel Doñé (deceased), Chinese-Dominican tenimist Snow Xue WU, Gabriel Mercedes, José Luis Saint-Claire (f) and Miosotis Heredia, former taekwondo, pinwheel softball and weightlifting squads respectively.
Born on November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Ortiz was a great hitter who dominated offense for most of his career as a Major League player. He was a formidable first baseman and designated batter for 20 prolific seasons.
He was signed in the international free agency for the Seattle Mariners, by Ramón -Pintacora- de los Santos. David made his Minnesota debut in 1997 and played for the organization until 2002.
His career to stardom began in 2003 as a Red Sox player. This year, he would have his first season of 30 home runs (31) and one hundred RBI’s (101), as well as 39 doubles in 128 regular series games.
In 2004, he teamed up with compatriots Pedro Martínez and Manny Ramírez to help the Red Sox win their first World Series since the 1918 campaign. Watching action in almost all regular series, Ortiz increased his home run production to 41. 139, he split 47 doubles to reach the aristocratic figure of .300 in his batting average (.301) for the first time.
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