David Ortiz RUMORS & NEWS

  • Former Red Sox trainer: Ortiz was 'playing on stumps'

    WEEI Boston "The message boomed across the Red Sox' trainers' room one August afternoon. "Danny-yel! Danny-yel!" echoed a familar voice. "You're screwed!" Red Sox coordinator of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, along with 20 or so Red Sox players getting ready for that night's game, had no idea what..." October 21

  • The David Ortiz farewell stirs pride, sadness in Dominican Republic

    ESPN "As the city of Boston mourns both the ousting of their Boston Red Sox from the playoffs, as well as the end of the professional career of David Ortiz, it's worthwhile to know that Boston isn't alone in that feeling of sad nostalgia. Though there are a number of successful baseball players from..." October 13

  • How will the Red Sox fill the void of David Ortiz in 2017?

    USA Today "Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell likened his team’s three-game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians to face-planting into a brick wall. Tuesday, Farrell found out he’ll be around for the recovery, as club President Dave Dombrowski said Farrell would return in 2017. “He is all set, and..." October 12

  • David Ortiz, ex-Boston Red Sox DH, can 'probably write his job title' with club, Dave Dombrowski says

    Mass Live "David Ortiz's 20-year career came to an end last night when Indians completed a three-game sweep over the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. Ortiz finished with a career .286 batting average, .380 on-base percentage, .552 slugging percentage, .931 OPS, 2,472 hits, 541 homers, 632 doubles, 19 triples..." October 11

  • A-Rod: Ortiz needs to be around baseball 'the next 40 years'

    Fox Sports "The Boston Red Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians Monday night, 4-3, at Fenway Park in Game 3 of the ALDS. The win completed the sweep for the Indians, as they will go to face the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS. What it also means is the end of David Ortiz's incredible career." October 11

  • Red Sox to retire David Ortiz’s No. 34

    Boston Globe "David Ortiz’s No. 34 will be retired early next season, the Red Sox announced during an extensive ceremony held in honor of the retiring star prior to Sunday’s final regular-season game. Several gifts were bestowed as well, including signs for a bridge and road in Boston that will be named in..." October 02

  • David Ortiz’ dad didn’t want son to announce his retirement

    Boston Herald "If it were up to Big Papi’s papi, David Ortiz wouldn’t have announced his retirement before the season began. Leo Ortiz has flown up from the Dominican Republic to witness the Sox’ farewell to his son, but would have counseled against the preseason proclamation that 2016 would be his final year." October 02

  • David Ortiz may get a bridge near Fenway Park named after him

    Fox Sports "With David Ortiz's career soon coming to an end, Massachusetts' top legislators have proposed renaming a bridge near Fenway Park after the Red Sox slugger. A group of top elected officials -- including Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker -- submitted the proposal on Thursday, one day after the..." September 29

  • The Big Interview: David Ortiz

    SI "Traded at age 20 and released at 27, David Ortiz will retire this year at 40 as one of the most accomplished players of his generation. The man known as Big Papi is the all-time leader among designated hitters in hits, home runs and runs batted in; one of the game’s greatest postseason clutch..." September 28

  • David Ortiz won’t play for Dominican Republic in WBC

    Today's Knuckleball "For those hoping to see a Magic Johnson-style post-retirement appearance from David Ortiz at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the Boston designated hitter shot down that notion on Tuesday. Ortiz told media, including Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, he would not suit up for his native..." September 28

  • David Ortiz explains why he was 'born to play against the Yankees'

    Fox Sports "Barring a next-to-impossible wild-card scenario for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the last time in a three-game set beginning on Tuesday. The 40-year-old is having an absolutely incredible final season and he's collected some nice..." September 27

  • Mourning Ortiz asks Rays to cancel ceremony in his honor

    CBS Boston "A pre-game ceremony recognizing retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has been cancelled–per Ortiz’s wishes–after the death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez, 24, was killed along with two others in a boating accident Sunday morning in Miami." September 25

  • Orioles gift Ortiz with destroyed dugout phone

    USA Today "Who could forget the time David Ortiz smashed a dugout phone to smithereens? The Baltimore Orioles didn't, and on Thursday, they actually presented what they claim to be the "exact, authenticated" visitor's dugout phone Big Papi's big bat laid waste to three years ago. Orioles outfielder Adam..." September 23

  • David Ortiz to be honored by Yankees on Sept. 29 in Red Sox slugger’s final Stadium appearance

    New York Daily News "David Ortiz has a pretty good idea how the ceremony honoring him at the Stadium Sept. 29 is going to go: “I am definitely getting booed,” Ortiz said, laughing. “I am ready for that. When I get booed at Yankee Stadium, it’s not like it’s new to me. It’s like people are cheering for me, I’m so..." September 18

  • David Ortiz bracing for boos at farewell, still appreciates Yankees fans

    ESPN "Like every other team the Red Sox have played this season, the Yankees will recognize David Ortiz before his final regular-season game against them. Surely, though, the ceremony in the Bronx on Sept. 29 will be different from all the others. "I am definitely getting booed. I am ready for..." September 17

  • Ortiz hits 537th HR to pass Mantle on all-time list

    Mass Live "David Ortiz hit his 34th home run of the season and 537th of his career on Thursday night. The solo shot into the bleacher seats in center in the eighth inning moved Ortiz into 17th on the all-time home run list, passing Yankees Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle. " September 16

  • Does Red Sox slugger David Ortiz belong in the AL MVP conversation?

    Sporting News "Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is nearing the finish of one of the most unforgettable walk-away seasons in MLB history. He’s been so good, in fact, and so important to Boston’s success this year, that it's at least worth asking this question: Does the 40-year-old Ortiz belong in the American..." September 13

  • Website planning 'Moon Big Papi' tribute at Yankee Stadium

    Sporting News "David Ortiz is a star, but some Yankees fans plan to bring him back to Earth by giving him the moon. That’s the goal of MoonBigPapi.com, a website created with the end game of having 10,000 Yankees fans banding (and bending) together to give Ortiz a 20,000-cheek salute during his final game at..." September 13

  • Ortiz ties Mantle with 536th career home run

    Hardball Talk "Red Sox DH David Ortiz passed Jimmie Foxx for 18th place on baseball’s all-time home runs list on Sunday, and he kept moving up the chain on Monday. The slugger launched a towering home run to right field at Fenway Park in the sixth inning against Orioles reliever Vance Worley." September 13

  • David Ortiz denounces Trump’s rhetoric about Latinos and immigration: ‘It’s a slap in the face’

    New York Daily News "David Ortiz has chimed in on Donald Trump's remarks about Latinos and immigration, and, true to form, Big Papi has taken the GOP presidential candidate deep. In a Spanish-language interview with USA Today published Tuesday, the retiring Red Sox star admits Trump's vow to build a wall along the..." September 07

  • David Ortiz received a corn maze as a retirement gift

    Fox Sports "David Ortiz has received dozens of retirement gifts over the course of his final season with the Red Sox, from a pair of cowboy boots from the Rangers to a dead fish from the Mariners, but he received the biggest present of all Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts - a David Ortiz corn maze...." August 31

  • Ortiz Choosing Mookie Betts For American League MVP

    WEEI Boston "David Ortiz has as good a case as anybody for American League MVP this season. Yet when asked after the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Rays Monday night who would be his pick right now for the award, he identify the other candidate in the clubhouse. “Mookie.” When asked why, Ortiz was also decisive..." August 30

  • David Ortiz says he's a 'little worn out,' but he's still putting up huge numbers

    CBS Sports "The Red Sox lost to the Royals on Sunday night (KC 10, BOS 4), moving their record to 72-58 on the season. Boston is two games back of the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East, and they have a one-game lead over the Orioles for the second wild card spot with five weeks to play. That 72-58..." August 29

  • Red Sox owner: Ortiz is 'not replaceable'

    Boston Herald "Q. Ortiz has "joked" multiple times if enough money were offered he'd have to consider returning. Have you asked or plan to ask him to re-consider retiring? A. There’s going to be a big hole in that lineup if he doesn’t return and I know he would return if he thought he could. But it’s a..." August 21

  • Ortiz: Red Sox would welcome Papelbon with 'open arms'

    ESPN "Take it from none other than David Ortiz: Jonathan Papelbon would fit in just fine with the Boston Red Sox. "I don't know what happened there at the Nationals, but he was a great guy and we would welcome him back with open arms," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes before the Red Sox faced the Baltimore..." August 18

  • Big Papi makes Red Sox history with 1,000th XBH

    The Score "David Ortiz continued his historic farewell season Friday with another big-number milestone. One day after setting the single-season MLB record for extra-base hits by a player 40 years of age or older, the retiring Boston Red Sox slugger notched the 1,000th extra-base hit of his career with a..." August 13

  • Big Papi sets MLB record for 40-year-old players

    The Score "Less than 24 hours after being helped off the field with a shin injury, David Ortiz was back in the lineup Thursday doing what he does best: Defying all odds. The retiring Boston Red Sox slugger continued his improbable farewell campaign during the first inning of A-Rod's Fenway farewell,..." August 12

  • David Ortiz helped off field after fouling ball off leg

    Sporting News "Red Sox slugger David Ortiz had to be helped off the field after fouling a ball off his right shin in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Yankees on Wednesday night. Ortiz fouled off a 99 mph fastball from reliever Dellin Betances. He shouted an expletive, then went down on one knee in..." August 11

  • Red Sox deem David Ortiz bobbleheads ‘unacceptable,’ won’t give them out

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox are calling off a David Ortiz bobblehead giveaway after the merchandise was deemed “unacceptable” by the team. The Red Sox announced in a statement that fans with tickets to Tuesday night’s game will receive a new bobblehead at a later date." August 09

  • David Ortiz sees future superstar in Benintendi

    The Score "Since making his major-league debut on Aug. 2, Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi has had quite a week, and it's only gotten better. After recording his first big-league hit - in front of his family no less - the 22-year-old rookie received praise from one of the game's most well-known..." August 08

  • David Ortiz removed in 6th inning as Red Sox lose to Dodgers

    Boston Herald "To borrow a line from legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, when John Farrell has a headache and looks for relief, just more pain. The Red Sox finally broke out of their offensive slump, piled on nine runs against the Dodgers in a blowout win on Friday, and then immediately went cold again..." August 07

  • Ortiz expected to play field Saturday at Dodger Stadium

    Mass Live "Red Sox manager John Farrell said back on June 21 that he didn't expect David Ortiz to play first base in any of their interleague games this season. "I don't see us having him at first base in those particular games," Farrell said. "Now, unless something changes from what we've gone through..." August 06

  • Mariners gift retiring Ortiz with 34 pounds of fish

    NESN "The Seattle Mariners were just the latest team to honor David Ortiz, who of course is retiring after this season. Things got a little fishy during the pregame ceremony, though. It all started with Edgar Martinez, the first great designated hitter and longtime Mariner, presenting Ortiz with..." August 04

  • 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