David Ortiz is a former professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins and the Boston Red Sox. While an active player with the Red Sox, he won three World Series Championships. Ortiz was also named the World Series MVP in 2013.
After retirement, Ortiz was named to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. The Red Sox also retired No.34 in his honor. He is also known as one of the greatest designated hitters in baseball.
Player Profile and Personal Life
Ortiz was born David Americo Ortiz Arias on November 18, 1985. His hometown is Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He stands 190 cm and his last listed weight is 104 kilograms. He plays designated hitter and first baseman and he bats and throws with his left hand and arm.
Nicknamed Big Papi, Ortiz was made a citizen of the United States of America in 2008. He has three kids and is married to his wife, Tiffany. Every time he would hit a home run, he would look up to the sky in a tribute to his late mother.
Early Professional Career
Ortiz was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners. He played for them in the minor leagues. Some of the teams he played for included the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Mariners later traded Ortiz to the Minnesota Twins in 1997.
He went through the Twins’ minor league system and he played for teams like the New Britain Rock Cats and the Salt Lake Buzz.
Ortiz made his professional debut in Major League Baseball (MLB) in September 1997. In 1998, he worked closely with Twins coach Tom Kelly who helped Ortiz improve his defense. When Ortiz suffered a broken wrist, he was placed on the disabled list.
In 1999, he was sent down to the minor leagues, only to be recalled back in 2000. He became their regular designated hitter in 2001. In 2002, he suffered a personal tragedy when his mother died. It affected him and also inspired him to play his best at the same time.
At the end of the 2003 season, the Twins decided to release Ortiz. He would go on to join the Boston Red Sox as their first baseman.
Career with the Red Sox
When he began with the Red Sox, Ortiz was one of several basemen signed on by the team. The other ones were Shea Hillenbrand, Kevin Millar, Bill Miller, and Manny Ramirez. Because of this, Ortiz had limited playtime during his first few months with the Red Sox. By July, he had become their everyday designated hitter.
In 2004, he was doing so well that he earned his first Silver Slugger Award. He would go on to receive the award seven times throughout his MLB career. In the same year, he helped the Red Sox win the World Series, their first in 86 years. In 2005, he was awarded by the owners of the Red Sox by a plaque proclaiming him to be the “Greatest Clutch Hitter” in the history of the Boston Red Sox. In the same year, he won his second Silver Slugger and he was also named to the All-Star team.