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This leads to the question of whether it's possible to have enough value to be comparable to Papi if you're 39 years old and play a defensive position that involves a lot of running.
One reason he DH's is because he seems to like it, and he hits well in the role. This is rare, most players who switch to DH cannot hit at the same level they do while playing the field. If you've got a situation that is working, don't mess with it. Another is that while he's not a disaster, Red Sox have generally had pretty good fielders at DH.
Red Sox have generally had pretty good fielders at DH.
Although, Ortiz was a MUCH better defensive 1B in the WS last year than I had ever dreamed he would be.
I don't buy the explanation that his health prevents him from playing the field more. If his knees were that bad there's no way he'd still be hitting at this level after so many years.
Ted Carlos Williams ?
He’s driven in 91 of the team’s 475 runs (19.2 percent), the highest percentage of any team’s runs driven in by a single player in the big leagues. He’s hit 28 of the team’s 92 homers (30.4 percent), accounting for the second-highest percentage of a team’s homers…
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