David Ortiz RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Will David Ortiz be a Red Sox problem at 40?

    Over The Monster "David Ortiz has made a whole career out of defying the odds, something Red Sox fans have long gotten used to at this point. Originally acquired off waivers to back up Jeremy Giambi in 2003, Ortiz is still swatting home runs at a near-unparalleled level for Boston 12 years later. Although I..." January 20

  • Ortiz preparing for 'monster season' before retirement

    The Score "If David Ortiz's career has told us anything, his 20th and final season will have a flair for the dramatic. Arguably one of the most clutch hitters of all time, the Boston Red Sox slugger announced in November that he will retire at the end of the 2016 season. With a World Series title..." January 11