David Ortiz RUMORS & NEWS

  • A-Rod: Ortiz deserves Fenway statue, street named after him

    Yardbarker "Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio all have been immortalized with statues outside Fenway Park — fitting recognition for five Boston Red Sox legends. Alex Rodriguez believes David Ortiz should receive the same honor after his storied major league career..." July 25

  • Ken Griffey Jr. says David Ortiz 'absolutely' belongs in Hall of Fame

    ESPN "As Ken Griffey Jr. prepares to enter the Hall of Fame as a first-ballot inductee, he's throwing his endorsement behind another left-handed slugger who played for the Seattle Mariners' organization in the mid-1990s. Griffey said that Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who broke into..." July 23

  • Ortiz on tampering allegations: 'I can say what I want'

    Boston Herald "Big Papi’s a big talker and that’s not changing. David Ortiz laughed off the possibility he might have committed a form of tampering when he said at the All-Star Game that he wants Jose Fernandez to join the Red Sox this year and Edwin Encarnacion the next. “Tampering, I don’t write no..." July 15

  • Report: MLB to send Ortiz letter warning him of tampering

    The Score "David Ortiz is going to have to keep some of his feelings to himself. The Boston Red Sox slugger should expect a letter from Major League Baseball warning him not to tamper, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Ortiz recently lobbied for the Red Sox to sign Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter..." July 15

  • David Ortiz on why he's definitely retiring, no matter how well he hits

    SI "David Ortiz is having the greatest exit season ever (except for the 1920 campaigns of Shoeless Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, who were thrown out of the game that year, in their primes, for their roles in the previous year's Black Sox scandal). Ortiz could break the records in a final season for..." July 15

  • MLB to examine Ortiz's Encarnacion comments for tampering

    The Score "David Ortiz's public comments on his preferred replacement may have gotten him in a bit of trouble with Major League Baseball. The league is reportedly expected to look into the Boston Red Sox slugger's post-All-Star Game comments where he openly lobbied for Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter..." July 14

  • Edwin Encarnacion ideal successor for David Ortiz in Boston

    USA Today "While holding court with news reporters after departing from his final All-Star Game on Tuesday, David Ortiz explained why he’s retiring, then briefly turned his attention to the player he sees as his ideal successor as the Boston Red Sox designated hitter. “The Red Sox know they need to bring..." July 14

  • Pete Rose calls David Ortiz 'borderline' Hall of Famer

    Sporting News "Pete Rose isn't known to sugarcoat anything, so when asked if David Ortiz was worthy of induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his answer was stinging. “Borderline,” Rose said before the All-Star Game Tuesday, via NESN . “Because of how many hits he has. But if he plays a couple more years,..." July 13

  • For David Ortiz, All-Star finale a joyous end to 'a couple wonderful days'

    USA Today "The typically intense pitcher-batter confrontation takes on a different mien when a retiring legend is playing in his final All-Star Game, especially a player as beloved as David Ortiz. So it was that Ortiz’s two plate appearances in Tuesday’s showcase, which the American League won 4-2 to..." July 13

  • Ortiz: Red Sox should sign Encarnacion, trade for Fernandez

    The Score "With only a few months left in his illustrious career, David Ortiz continues to lobby the Boston Red Sox to replace him with Edwin Encarnacion after he retires. Following his early departure from Tuesday's All-Star Game at Petco Park, Ortiz reiterated that the Red Sox should go out this winter..." July 13

  • David Ortiz says he's definitely not going to un-retire

    Fox Sports "David Ortiz announced that the 2016 MLB season would be his last in November of 2015. Now 40 years old in his 20th season in the majors, Big Papi is in the middle of a career year, hitting .332 at the All-Star break, with a career high in slugging percentage (.682). Ortiz can clearly still be a..." July 13

  • Jose Fernandez wants to give up a home run to David Ortiz in the All-Star Game

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will play in the 10th and final All-Star Game of his Hall of Fame career. He's in the middle of a remarkable season but insists he will not change his mind and come back for another year. Marlins righty and fellow All-Star Jose Fernandez is a big fan..." July 12

  • Mike Trout doesn't believe David Ortiz will retire

    NESN "Since his announcement last fall, David Ortiz has made one thing very clear to everyone who asks: He’s absolutely retiring at the end of this season. The Boston Red Sox’s legendary DH has been peppered with “Are you sure?” questions all season long thanks to the incredible numbers he’s putting..." July 12

  • How Pedro Martinez and Theo Epstein saved David Ortiz's career

    ESPN "AFTER THE 2002 season, the Red Sox had a list of nine -- count 'em, nine -- candidates for time at first base and designated hitter. As former Red Sox beat writer Jeff Horrigan says, "The expectations were really, really low. That was clear just by the number of people they threw at the position."..." July 08

  • Ortiz won't participate in Home Run Derby at All-Star Game

    NESN "Picture this: David Ortiz makes his triumphant return the Home Run Derby at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and takes home the crown in his final big-league season. It’s a nice story, but it won’t happen, according to Ortiz. The Boston Red Sox slugger said before Tuesday’s game against..." June 29

  • David Ortiz still plans to retire but regrets season of celebration

    ESPN "Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz says he regrets announcing that this will be his final season in the majors. The Dominican star feels overwhelmed by all the attention he has received, which he said has affected his extended preparation time before each game. "I'm too busy. I have too many..." June 21

  • Ortiz ties Ted Williams on all-time HR list

    The Score "From one Boston Red Sox legend to another. David Ortiz mashed his 521st career home run Friday to straightaway center field at Fenway Park, tying Ted Williams' career mark. He's also now tied with Williams, Willie McCovey, and Frank Thomas for 19th on the all-time home-run list." June 18

  • Red Sox fan negotiates signed bat for historic Ortiz HR ball

    The Score "Boston Red Sox fans can work a bargain. As David Ortiz slugged career home run No. 521 in an 8-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday, tying Ted Williams on the all-time home run list, a NESN reporter went up into the bleachers to talk to the fan who caught it. In a friendly way, he said..." June 18

  • Ortiz: 'Bogaerts is the best shortstop in the game by far'

    The Score "David Ortiz might delay his retirement just to have a front-row seat to watch Xander Bogaerts the next few years. The Boston Red Sox shortstop finished Saturday's 15-4 win over the Minnesota Twins 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and four runs scored, upping his batting average on the..." June 12

  • Barry Bonds on David Ortiz’ legacy: “You just have to respect it”

    Boston Herald "Barry Bonds shared many perspectives at Target Field in an interview with the Herald Thursday, zeroing in on the success of another left-handed slugger who has defied the convention of age — his friend David Ortiz — before moving to wide-angle views of the media, progress and even Bill..." June 12

  • Amid David Ortiz's MVP exit, Red Sox ponder: 'What do we do without him?'

    USA Today "Boston Red Sox icon David Ortiz, waiting out traffic sitting in the cramped visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park, slowly furls his eyebrows, his dark brown eyes exuding concern. “How long has he been like that?’’ Ortiz softly says. “How long has he been in a wheelchair? What’s wrong?’’ Ortiz is..." June 08

  • David Ortiz thinks Deflategate is 'stupid,' supports Tom Brady

    Sporting News "Tom Brady and David Ortiz have been at the forefront of more than a decade's worth of championships in New England, so it's no surprise Big Papi has the Patriots star's back. Asked in a recent interview with SI.com for his take on Deflategate, which continues to work its way through the courts,..." May 31

  • Why David Ortiz still plans on retiring despite his amazing start

    Yahoo! Sports "Earlier this week, after another age-defying night, David Ortiz received a text message from a friend: “Man, you’re [expletive] your retirement up!” Ortiz laughed, because what else could he do? He is 40 years old. For the first six weeks of what he said would be his last season, he was the best..." May 18

  • Ortiz: Red Sox have 'unbelievable future in their hands'

    Providence Journal "When David Ortiz watches Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts these days, he can't help but think about the future. "I’m super impressed with these kids. This organization has an unbelievable future in their hands with these kids. I watch these kids and I feel like I’m with..." May 15

  • In Ortiz’s farewell season, he’s not the one who should go

    Boston Globe "The time hasn’t come for David Ortiz. The time has come for Clay Buchholz. At some point, John Henry, Tom Werner, and Dave Dombrowski will have to have a conversation with Ortiz about not retiring. At some point, the same Red Sox brass is going to have to have a conversation about dealing Clay..." May 15

  • A-Rod: Ortiz is MLB's version of Magic Johnson

    ESPN "There is supposed to be hate, but there is only love. The retiring David Ortiz -- probably the face of the end of "the Curse" in Boston -- should be loathed by the Yankees. But he is not. Even the only Yankee he has publicly beefed with, Alex Rodriguez, expresses admiration for Ortiz. A-Rod..." May 08

  • Ortiz, Farrell slam ump after 9th-inning ejections

    The Score "Tossed from Friday's series opener at Yankee Stadium in the ninth inning following a contentious strikeout against Andrew Miller, David Ortiz didn't hold back after his club's tough loss, slamming umpire Ron Kulpa's strike calls on the 3-1 and 3-2 pitches that led to ejections for him and manager..." May 07

  • Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz to Re-Enact Emotional Speech in Boston Bombing Movie

    The Hollywood Reporter "David Ortiz has three World Series rings. Now, the slugger better known as “Big Papi” will have a big-screen credit to add to his résumé. This month, Ortiz will be whisked in to shoot a scene for the Mark Wahlberg starrer Patriots Day, which chronicles the 2013 Boston marathon bombing and its..." May 03

  • Why Yankees' Alex Rodriguez called Red Sox's David Ortiz 'unbelievable'

    Newark Star-Ledger "It wasn't long ago that Alex Rodriguez seemed he'd prefer to take on a truck in the middle of the street than a question about David Ortiz. But the two seem to be on much better terms these days. After Ortiz's two-run, go-ahead homer in the eighth inning of the Yankees' 4-2 loss to the Red..." April 30

  • David Ortiz has strange take on Tom Brady's suspension

    WEEI Boston "Last May, David Ortiz was animated in his defense of Tom Brady when word came down the NFL had suspended the quarterback for four games. “I think the decision was very poor,” the Red Sox DH said regarding NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s initial mandate that Tom Brady miss the first four games..." April 27

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    Interesting Red Sox lineup v Happ, 1st LH SP this season. No Ortiz, Hanley DH, shaw 1b, batting 4th, young LF, batting 6th, Rutledge 3b

  • Ortiz: Red Sox should replace me with Encarnacion

    WEEI Boston "Will Edwin Encarnacion be the guy to replace David Ortiz in the Red Sox lineup in 2017? It’s probably a long shot, but there’s somebody who wants it to happen — Ortiz. “Hell, yeah. He’s a perfect replacement,” the Red Sox DH said when asked if he hopes takes his spot next season. Why?..." April 09

  • David Ortiz wants bat flip haters to shut up

    Boston Globe "David Ortiz can’t understand why people are flipping out about bat flips. Entering his 20th season in the big leagues, Ortiz insisted that those who cite “old school” values in expressing opposition to the gesture are misguided. “People want to talk about old school. I am old school,” said..." March 20

  • Big Papi looks back on his career '... the Twins treated me bad'

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "David Ortiz was having lunch at a table outside the Boston Red Sox spring training clubhouse. It was a paper plate dominated by avocado, with white rice and a few small pieces of chicken. "One year, when I was 34 or so, I was 20 [pounds] over, and I got on this diet," Ortiz said. "I take care..." March 20

  • Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz speak for first time in more than 2 years

    ESPN "The cold war between David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez appears to be over. For the first time in more than two years, Ortiz and Rodriguez spoke to one another, Rodriguez confirmed, before the Boston Red Sox hosted the New York Yankees in a spring training game Tuesday night. The sluggers ran into..." March 16

  • Ortiz on Betts: 'You don't know how good he is'

    The Score "As David Ortiz prepares to pass the torch, he believes he has a suitable heir to his throne in Boston. Mookie Betts quickly climbed through the Red Sox minor-league system and emerged as one of the organization's best players in his first full year in the majors last season, prompting Ortiz to..." March 06

  • David Ortiz on alleged domestic abusers: ‘Those are good guys. I feel so bad for them.’

    Fusion "David Ortiz, the 40-year-old Boston Red Sox slugger, will retire at the end of 2016, wrapping up a legendary career. He’ll finish with three World Series rings, over 500 career home runs, and nine all-star appearances. Despite all this, though, Ortiz told Bob Nightengale of USA Today in an..." February 24

  • David Ortiz makes a final plea to Yankees fans

    New York Post "David Ortiz watched the Red Sox honor Mariano Rivera on his last trip to Fenway Park. He was there to see Derek Jeter make his final appearance in Boston. The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry is the best, the most emotional, the biggest of them all. The 2016 season is Ortiz’s final lap as a player...." February 23

  • David Price on hug with David Ortiz: ‘It was best-case scenario. I needed that. I really needed that’

    WEEI Boston "Red Sox cameras caught David Ortiz greeting new teammate David Price on Monday with a hug and a simple phrase: “I got your back.” In that moment, a look of relief appeared to wash over Price’s face. Turns out it was 100 percent genuine, because the newest Red Sox ace had no idea how he’d be..." February 23

  • Twins GM reflects on releasing Papi in 2003

    MLB.com "Rarely are there do-overs in life, but Bill Murray's 1993 film "Groundhog Day" offered a scenario where a person can receive multiple chances to get a day right before moving forward. In the spirit of Groundhog Day, MLB.com is taking a look at one move each general manager would like a do-over..." February 03

  • It's time the Red Sox ditch Yawkey Way and honor David Ortiz instead

    Over The Monster "Dodger Stadium is no longer located on Elysian Park Avenue. Thanks to a Los Angeles City Council vote, it now lives on Vin Scully Avenue, as the street has been renamed in honor of the longtime announcer who is as central to the team's history as basically anyone who has ever put on their uniform...." February 01