David Ortiz Newsbeat
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Year-to-year should be OK with the Red Sox and Ortiz. I can understand why he wants another year. That doesn’t mean they should give in. Let him play out this contract and go from there.
Posted: February 19, 2014 at 01:19 PM | 1 comment(s)
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)
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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.
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