As Friedrich Nietzscheinblum once said…“At bottom every ballplayer knows well enough that he is a unique hitter.”
“I was impressed,” said Ortiz regarding the presentation compiled by his agent for the potential arbitration hearing. “I looked up what I’ve done through the years, but it’s not like I’m sitting down to look at my numbers over my career. And my career has been pretty good throughout the years, and that’s what they bring to the table in arbitration.
“Maybe [having a permanent designated hitter] not a big deal for some teams, but it’s like my agent told me at the time, not every team has a David Ortiz. So when it comes down to DH, that’s the difference. You have a guy who is capable of hitting for power, hitting for average, getting RBI and on top of that all the other things I bring to the ball club, we’re talking about not just a DH. You’re talking about a player you definitely want to have on your ball club.”
...It was a reality that was surfaced once again Thursday night when Ortiz tied Jim Rice and Frank Howard on the all-time home run list with 382. And when measuring up against the standard bearer for designated hitters, Martinez, Ortiz resides just .020 points behind in OPS and 68 hits shy of the 16-year veteran.
“Why do people look at it so negatively?” Ortiz asked when the subject of the Hall of Fame accepting a designated hitter came up.
“I hate to talk about it because of the way people look at it. It’s a position that I didn’t come out of my country. They created it for some reason. Every position has Hall of Famers, why doesn’t this one, especially if you put up sick numbers? This is part of the game. The criticize me because I don’t play in the field. They thought that up, it wasn’t me.”