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David Ortiz Newsbeat

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Nightengale: Without a doubt, David Ortiz is a Hall of Famer

Oh sure, he has played most of his career, 87% of his games as a DH, but then again, Hall of Famer Frank Thomas played 56% of his games as a DH.

The real separator for Ortiz, just in case anyone still has their doubts, is his playoff resume.

He has dominated the postseason, winning three World Series championships for the Red Sox. He hit .295 with a .409 on-base percentage and .553 slugging percentage in 82 postseason games. Oh yeah, and he was the MVP of the 2013 World Series and 2004 ALCS.

If you want to punish him for the anonymous, confidential drug test, which he insists was simply careless buying nutrients, it’s simply wrong. He wasn’t even buying androstenedione, the performance-enhancing drug Piazza and McGwire admitted to taking, which had not yet been banned by baseball.

Stop the nonsense.

I think that voters will probably end up applying a standard based on smoking guns (i.e. Papi’s failed test or Pettitte’s admission of the veracity of Mitchell vs mere conjecture for Bagwell or Piazza.) As to Ortiz’s candidacy, it’s virtually impossible to tell the story of early 21st century baseball without him and that’s as good a reason as any. I’m surprised Edgar Martinez doesn’t come up more in DH discussions.



Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: September 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM | 160 comment(s)
  Beats: 500, big papi, david ortiz, hall of fame, hof, peds, red sox, steroids

Lauber: How David Ortiz rescued his season en route to 500 HRs | Boston Herald

Early this season, for about the 3rd time, I thought David Ortiz was done. Eventually he will be but not this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 13, 2015 at 08:22 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Thursday, September 10, 2015

A Fan’s View of No. 498

I am shocked by David Ortiz’s season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 10, 2015 at 09:09 AM | 144 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Friday, July 24, 2015

Considering Hall of Fame chances for Ortiz, Beltran, Molina, more

Bring out the Keltner tests!

Carlos Beltran, Yankees (38 years old)
Career WAR/Peak WAR/JAWS: 67.0/44.3/55.6
Average HOF CF: 70.4/44.0/57.2

Two years ago, Beltran was amid his second strong season in a row with the Cardinals, one that would finally take him to the World Series; along the way, he added two more homers to a postseason resumé (.333/.445/.683 with 16 homers) to rival that of Big Papi. Ninth among centerfielders in JAWS and closing in on 400 homers, he seemed even more likely to make tracks towards Cooperstown when he signed a three-year deal with the Yankees in December 2013. The short rightfield porch, the big spotlight of a New York homecoming … it all fit together.

by Tom Verducci Alas, Beltran has bombed in the Bronx thus far due to age and injuries, namely a bone spur in his right elbow that required surgery last fall and then an oblique injury that sidelined him earlier this month. He’s hit a combined .245/.307/.414 with 22 homers and -0.7 WAR (including -16 Defensive Runs Saved) in 177 games in pinstripes, and while he still ranks ninth in JAWS, he’s 1.6 points below the average Hall of Fame centerfielder (statistically, a top-heavy bunch), and he’s no lock to close the gap with another 3–4 WAR before his contract runs out. Adding insult to the injury from which he just returned this week, he’s now sitting against lefties in favor of Chris Young. A strong rebound that pushes him to 400 homers (he’s at 380) and 2,500 hits (he has 2,380) would almost certainly help the perception of his candidacy in the same way it has for the once-disappointing Beltre.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

No one in Red Sox history deserves the benefit of the doubt more than David Ortiz - Red Sox -

One of the dopes pushing this baloney was Tony Massarotti who, along with Michael Felger, hosts the dumbest talk radio show in the Boston market. The pairing groups together two of the least insightful people ever to hit the airwaves.

The conjecture is that Ortiz begged out of the game and started his All-Star break early because he didn’t want to play first base. Yep. That’s it. I know, that sentence looks even stupider in print than it sounds on the radio, but there you go. This is the world we have wrought for ourselves. The worst part is that these inane, desperate talking points worm their way into the wee brains of a segment of the fan base who repeat that conjecture verbatim, allowing the hot-take to metastasize until it cannot be avoided.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 14, 2015 at 07:58 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Chili Davis: “I don’t worry about David Ortiz” -

Now might be a good time to start spot starting David Ortiz.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 30, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Friday, May 08, 2015


The Red Sox need to rest Ortiz when he faces unfavorable match-ups.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 08, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

red sox - Bradford Files: How Manny Ramirez helped his neighbor, Hanley Ramirez - WEEI | Rob Bradford

Manny needs to give Hanley some tips on playing the Green Monster. First tip: when you feel the warning track under your feet as you slowly approach the wall, put your right hand back to feel for the wall.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 21, 2015 at 08:48 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, hanley ramirez, manny ramirez, red sox



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