Officially! David Ortiz has been chosen as the sport’s immortal

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.

SANTO DOMINGO.- The Dominican Sports Hall of Fame will host the charismatic and legend of the Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz, one of the most infamous gunners to ever hit 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 which will take place on Sunday, November 14 from 10:00 am in the auditorium of the institution, located in the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.

The choice as immortal of the former Boston Red Sox slugger was announced the day before by the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Hall of Fame, dr. Dionisio Guzman.

He argued that when he was eligible for his freshman year, Ortiz’s selection was a sort of procedure for the jury responsible for his selection.

Ortiz is one of three professional players to be included in the 2021 league, following the early roster of Julián Tavárez and Rafael Furcal, also former major leagues.

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 teams 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, especially after being signed by Boston on January 22, 2003, establishing himself as an everyday player.

Signed in international free agency for the Seattle Mariners, by talent scout, A former professional pitcher and sports immortal Ramón-Pintacode los Santos, David made his debut in 1997 with the Minnesota Twins and played for the organization throughout the 2002 season.

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 a 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 propel the Red Sox to their first World Series since 1918. Watching action in nearly every regular series, Ortiz increased his home run production to 41, in RBIs to 139, split 47 doubles, and hit the aristocratic figure of .300 in his batting average (.301) for the first time.

He left the majors at the end of the 2016 season, still able to contribute to the game, but was still part of the exclusive circle of players who have hit 500 or more home runs in their careers (541) and is one of only six international players. who have reached this milestone.

In 2,408 regular series games, David consumed 8,640 at bats and hit 2,472 hits, comprising 632 doubles, 541 homeruns and 19 triples. He drove 1,768 runs, scored 1,419 and finished with an excellent batting average of .286.

He competed in 18 postseason series, performed in 85 games, made 304 official at bats, had 88 hits, 22 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, scored 51 rounds, produced 61 and his average was 0.289.

Individual achievements

Ortiz had a number of personal accomplishments, including his 10 All-Star appearances, his 2013 World Series MVP title, and an MVP award in the 2004 Championship Series.

Eight times he won the Edgar Martinez Award for Best Designated Hitter in baseball, twice he was named the winner of the Hank Aaron Award for Best Offensive Player in the Majors, and seven times the Silver Bat for the league’s highest designated batter. .

The Dominican won the extra basic lead of his circuit in the 2004, 05, 07 and 2016 seasons, with 91, 88, 88 and 87.

He holds the Red Sox record for home runs in one season on 54, set in 2006. In nine seasons, he hit 30 or more home runs and in 10 seasons, he surpassed 100 RBI’s.

He shared 40 doubles five times (in total, he passed 30 doubles 11 times), including his peak of 52 in 2007, hitting .300 in seven seasons.

Finally, he was the leader in laps produced three times, with 148 in 2005, 137 in 2006 and 127 in 2016, when he also led the rankings in slugging and OPS, with .620 and 1.021.

Ortiz was also a key player in the Dominican winter baseball league, where he played in 254 regular series, still a major league superstar.

In 899 at bats for the Leones del Escogido, David had 248 hits (67 doubles, three triples and 24 home runs), scored 96 and produced 164 rounds, hitting .276.

He played in eight postseason series and saw action in nine finals.

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