David Ortiz RUMORS & NEWS

  • David Ortiz: 'My playing time has already expired'

    ESPN "David Ortiz says he is happily retired from baseball and that despite rumors to the contrary, his decision will not change. "My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. The 41-year-old slugger said that for the first time in more than two decades, he is not physically..." January 16

  • David Ortiz Reportedly Hasn’t Expressed Interest In World Baseball Classic

    NESN "It seems David Ortiz is enjoying his retirement. The former Boston Red Sox designated hitter has been appearing in a multitude of commercials, and despite his cliffhanger tweet Monday night, it appears he’s not planning on returning to the diamond. Not even to play for his home country...." January 11

  • David Ortiz launches Red Sox fans into frenzy by cryptically tweeting at Boston Globe

    WEEI Boston "Red Sox fans can’t quit David Ortiz. It’s understandable. What makes far less sense is the frenzy Ortiz whipped them into on Monday night when he tweeted a blank message at the Boston Globe. What did he mean to say? That he’s coming out of retirement to lead the Red Sox to one more World..." January 10

  • Should we still believe David Ortiz will stay retired?

    Boston Globe "While David Ortiz keeps teasing us with tweets about a possible return, the Red Sox seem to be doing the same in their own way. Though president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has stated that he doesn’t believe Ortiz wants to return in 2017 — despite Ortiz expressing excitement about..." December 11

  • Dombrowski: 'If Ortiz wanted to come back, he would call'

    Providence Journal "Whether or not David Ortiz is serious about thinking about a return, Dave Dombrowski knows better than to ask. "I wouldn't want to reach out to him," the Red Sox president said. "I wouldn't want to keep bothering him." Ortiz responded to Boston's blockbuster trade for Chris Sale with an..." December 08

  • David Ortiz posts about comeback on Instagram

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox’s addition of Chris Sale via trade on Tuesday has David Ortiz contemplating a comeback. That’s according to the slugger’s Instagram account. Ortiz posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday of Sale, whom the Red Sox acquired from the White Sox. In his caption, Ortiz wrote, “My god..." December 07

  • Yankees writers give Red Sox's David Ortiz his only 1st- and 2nd-place votes for 2016 AL MVP

    Mass Live "Yankees beat writer Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News gave David Ortiz his only first-place vote for the 2016 AL MVP. New York Post's George A. King III gave Ortiz his only second-place vote. Mike Trout won the AL MVP, finishing with 356 points. Runner-up Mookie Betts received 311..." November 18

  • Red Sox look internally, short term for David Ortiz's replacement

    ESPN "The Red Sox might replace retiring designated hitter David Ortiz internally or with a short-term free agent, rather than pursue one of the prominent long-term options on the market, Boston's president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters at the MLB general managers meetings on..." November 08

  • Red Sox exercise 2017 contract option on David Ortiz, ‘as a formality’

    CBS Sports "Red Sox DH/warrior-poet David Ortiz is retiring, of course, after authoring one of the great final seasons in baseball history. He's also very likely going to wind up as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. But, you know, just in case the Red Sox on Thursday announced this regarding Big Papi, among..." November 04

  • David Ortiz, Kris Bryant win 2016 Hank Aaron Awards for best hitter in each league

    CBS Sports "Wednesday evening at Progressive Field, Red Sox icon David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award. The award is given annually to the players deemed the best hitters in their league. Ortiz, who retired following the 2016 season, hit..." October 27

  • 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

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