David Ortiz Newsbeat
Sunday, November 03, 2013
Not me. Let him play out next season and go from there.
There’s no telling how many more seasons Ortiz has left in him.
There’s also no doubt they are going to erect his statue outside of Fenway Park someday.
While he’s still playing though, might as well not wait to start extending his contract so he’s here until he’s done playing.
Anyone care to second that emotion?
Posted: November 03, 2013 at 12:04 PM | 40 comment(s)
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Craig Calcaterra says yes.
You bet your bippy he is. The numbers certainly bear this out. And he still has a lot of gas left in the tank so he’ll be providing value for a few years yet, adding to his case. But you can be statistically illiterate and see this guy’s value as a player. His mark on the game is indelible. Numbers aside, Ortiz has killed it in the World Series. He clearly carried the Red Sox this year. He is clearly the leader of one of the best teams of his era.
When I have a tough call on a Hall of Fame candidate, I ask myself: “Can you tell the story of baseball in the era in which he played without including him?” If the answer is no, it’s hard to argue against his Hall of Fame case. And in Ortiz’s case, that answer is clearly no. The man should go to Cooperstown the first year he’s eligible.
Posted: October 31, 2013 at 05:30 PM | 116 comment(s)
hall of fame
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Big Papi continued to astound, with a run-scoring double on his first pitch of the evening, two singles, and a line-drive out. He is batting .733 for the series—as against a cumulative .151 for the rest of the Boston hitters—and now sometimes gives the impression that he is stopping by to play in these little entertainments, in the manner of a dad joining his daughter’s fifth-grade softball game. When he came up to bat once again in the sixth, Cardinals’ starter Adam Wainwright essayed some uncharacteristic little pauses and stutter steps on the mound, trying to throw off that implacable swing. It was like trying to disconcert winter.
Monday, October 28, 2013
I really, really apologize for a link to a Rick Reilly piece, but this was too good to pass up:
Where did Ortiz learn to orate like that?
“Bill Clinton, he makes a lot of money making speeches,” Ortiz said. “And he changes a lot of lives with his speeches. I watch him. I learn. If you can get people to listen, they will react.”
David Ortiz TED talk this offseason or GTFO.
Monday, October 14, 2013
A closer look at Ortiz’s stats shows that his overall postseason performance (.284/.394/.542 in 315 plate appearances) is very similar to his regular season output (.287/.381/.549 in 8,249 PA); his OPS is all of six points higher in the playoffs. That gap is maintained even if you consider only his time in Boston, where he has cemented his reputation to the extent that in 2005, in the afterglow of the franchise’s first world championship since 1918, the organization presented him with a plaque identifying him as the “Greatest Clutch Hitter in the History of the Boston Red Sox.” Ortiz has hit .292/.390/.572 in 6,556 PA during his regular season career with Boston, and .285/.406/.562 in 286 PA in the postseason — still a difference of six points of OPS. Even if the numbers were unchanged, simply replicating regular season performance in the postseason is impressive, since players face a higher caliber of pitching that produces a lower-scoring environment.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Back in 1996, Mariners Ken Griffey Jr. (probably the best player in baseball at the time) and Alex Rodriguez (the best young talent in the game) staged an impromptu Home Run Derby at a minor-league ballpark. And they were incredibly impressed with a player for Class A Wisconsin by the name of David Ortiz.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Shrapnel is flying everywhere!
Speaking to WEEI before last night’s game, Ortiz says he’s never been able to learn the details of his failed test.
“No. Nobody. Not MLB. Not the Players Association. Nobody,” said Ortiz when asked if anyone had revealed what he had reportedly tested positive for. “They just threw it out there that I tested positive on this one list and that was it. Nothing. So I have to deal with that, and your mind is all over the place. And I’ve lived with it.
“It is something that is still in the dark because nobody ever had the balls to come to me and say, ‘This is what was happening.’ You damaged my image at the time, and it has always stayed like that. No explanation. No nothing.”
Is it possible Ortiz really doesn’t know what testers found in his pee? It’s an argument made many times, with varying degrees of success. After J.C. Romero tested positive for androstenedione in 2008, he claimed he had taken a tainted supplement and sued the manufacturers. The lawsuit was settled out of court.
(It’s odd that Ortiz is addressing this at all. Fans have very selective memories about who they associate with PEDs, and as Pete Rose[!] said yesterday, it’s best from a PR standpoint to just move on from it. On Monday, as boos cascaded down for Alex Rodriguez in Chicago, no one seemed to notice or care that the pitching matchup featured one starter who had admitted to HGH use against another that had failed a drug test and served a suspension.)
If Ortiz really thinks he got screwed in 2003, he’s entitled to try to clear his name. Not testing positive in the decade since goes a long way, even though just this week we learned of a dozen PED users who didn’t fail any tests.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Big Papi might get suspended for this one.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
David Ortiz didn’t wait long Wednesday to notch his 1,689th hit as a designated hitter and surpass Harold Baines for the all-time lead at a position that the American League adopted in 1973.
I wonder if not having to play the field has allowed Ortiz is avoid the effects of aging as quickly. He’s hitting as well as he ever has.
You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.
: OT—College Football, Oct/Nov 2013 Thread: UCLA-Stanford Preview
(843 - 7:30pm, Dec 07)Last:
: Willie Davis, Shot from Remote Camera, 2nd Base
(7 - 7:22pm, Dec 07)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)Newsblog
: Keidel: Robinson Cano Will Be Sleepless In Seattle
(197 - 7:14pm, Dec 07)Last:
Infinite Joost (Voxter)Newsblog
: The Yankees Genius Strategy For Success: Get As Old As Possible
(28 - 7:10pm, Dec 07)
Last: Curse of the AndinoNewsblog
: Mets to sign Curtis Granderson
(52 - 7:07pm, Dec 07)
: "Natural Hitter My Ass": The perfect swing and complicated lfie of Ted Williams
(14 - 7:02pm, Dec 07)
: MASN: Nationals sign Nate McLouth to 2yr/$10.75 million deal
(1 - 7:02pm, Dec 07)
: Cubs Receive Approval on Branding Arch and Expanding Footprint
(3 - 7:00pm, Dec 07)
Last: Pops FreshenmeyerNewsblog
: Noble: In pursuing McCann, Yanks draw from Boss' playbook
(3 - 7:00pm, Dec 07)
: Brian Wilson agrees with Dodgers
(7 - 6:49pm, Dec 07)
: [OTP-Dec 2013] Toronto Sun: Politics, baseball and Star Trek 2
(704 - 6:49pm, Dec 07)Last:
: OT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(193 - 6:39pm, Dec 07)Last:
YR Is Surrounded by Yankees (the bad kind)Newsblog
: Lawrence: Can Phillies realistically deal Papelbon?
(7 - 6:34pm, Dec 07)
: Yankees agree to three-year contract with Carlos Beltran
(77 - 6:23pm, Dec 07)
Last: YR Is Surrounded by Yankees (the bad kind)Newsblog
: Napoli returns to Sox for two years, $32 million
(34 - 6:18pm, Dec 07)
Last: Seaimpíní Domhan! (tfbg9)