David Ortiz BioDavid Américo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a Major League Baseball designated hitter who has played for the Boston Red Sox since 2003. Previously, Ortiz played for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002). Nicknamed "Big Papi", "Señor Papi," and "Cookie Monster", Ortiz has played in four All-Star Games and holds the Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, set during the 2006 season. On September 12, 2015, in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Papi launched his 499th and 500th home runs, making him the 27th player in MLB history to achieve that milestone.
In 1992, at the age of 17, Ortiz was signed by the Seattle Mariners who listed him as "David Arias" (possibly not understanding Spanish naming customs). In 1996, the Mariners received Dave Hollins from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later. Later that season, the Mariners announced that the player to be named later would be Arias. When he arrived in Minnesota, he informed the team that he preferred to be listed as "David Ortiz" making him quite literally a "player to be named later". He made his début in September 1997. After moving up and down from the majors to the minors, Ortiz hit .272 with 20 home runs and 75 RBI in 2002, when the Twins lost in the American League Championship Series to the Anaheim Angels.
In a "deal" worthy of Brock for Broglio, the Twins released Ortiz nine days before Christmas in 2002. The Boston Red Sox signed the free agent the following month. Originally, Jeremy Giambi was assigned the primary role as DH/First Baseman, but his lackluster performance allowed Ortiz to step in.¹
Here are stats for Big Papi's most productive seasons.
David Ortiz's Most Productive Seasons YEAR TEAM LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA 2004 Bos AL 150 582 94 175 47 3 41 139 75 133 0 0 .301 2005 Bos AL 159 601 119 180 40 1 47 148 102 124 1 0 .300 2006 Bos AL 151 558 115 160 29 2 54 137 119 117 1 0 .287
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