David Ortiz

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David Ortiz

Boston Red Sox — No. 34
Designated hitter
Born: November 18, 1975 (1975-11-18) (age 38)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
September 2, 1997 for the Minnesota Twins
Career statistics
(through Through 2013)
Batting average     .287
Home runs     431
Runs batted in     1,429
Teams
Career highlights and awards

David Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975 in Boston, Massachusetts by the league of David Agustin Marten) He later decided to change his name to David Américo Ortiz Arias do to the fact that he felt that Marten was not a comercial name to play baseball. He is Major League Baseball designated hitter who is currently playing for the Boston Red Sox. Ortiz used to play for the Minnesota Twins from 1997-2002. Nicknamed "Big Papi" or "Señor Papi", Ortiz has played in four All-Star Games. He holds the Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, which he set during the 2006 season. He also won the 2010 Home Run Derby.

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Early career[change | edit source]

Ortiz graduated from Estudia Espaillat High School in the Dominican Republic and in 1992 he was signed by the Seattle Mariners who listed him as "David Arias" (possibly not understanding Spanish naming customs). In 1996, the Mariners received Dave Hollins from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later. Later that season, the Mariners announced that the player to be named later would be Arias. When Ortiz arrived in Minnesota, he informed the team that he preferred to be listed as "David Ortiz." He made his major league debut in September of 1997. After moving up and down from the majors to the minors, Ortiz hit .272 with 20 home runs and 75 RBI in 2002, when the Twins lost in the American League Championship Series to the Anaheim Angels.

Career statistics[change | edit source]

year team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1997 MIN 15 49 10 16 3 0 1 6 0 2 19 .327 .353 .449
1998 MIN 86 278 47 77 20 0 9 46 1 39 72 .277 .371 .446
1999 MIN 10 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 12 .000 .200 .000
2000 MIN 130 415 59 117 36 1 10 63 1 57 81 .282 .364 .446
2001 MIN 89 303 46 71 17 1 18 48 1 40 68 .234 .324 .475
2002 MIN 125 412 52 112 32 1 20 75 1 43 87 .272 .339 .500
2003 BOS 128 448 79 129 39 2 31 101 0 58 83 .288 .369 .592
2004 BOS 150 582 94 175 47 3 41 139 0 75 133 .301 .380 .603
2005 BOS 159 601 119 180 40 1 47 148 1 102 124 .300 .397 .604
2006 BOS 151 558 115 160 29 2 54 137 1 119 117 .287 .413 .636
2007 BOS 149 549 116 182 52 1 35 117 3 111 103 .332 .445 .621
2008 BOS 49 103 40 52 9 0 13 43 0 31 33 .250 .358 .488
Total - 1234 4378 772 1262 324 12 279 923 9 676 918 .288 .383 .556

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