Last night against the Detroit Tigers, 39 year old, David Ortiz hit a miletsone that ensured he will be back next season with the Red Sox. With his first plate appearance, he reached 425 plate appearances on the year which then guaranteed his $11 million vesting option for 2016. Ortiz hit a double, his 20th of the season, and became only the 5th batter in MLB history to hit 20 homeuns and 20 doubles in 14 consecutive seasons. Ortiz, at 39 years old was not expected to do much this year, and although this season is no where close to being his best, he has put up some solid numbers, proving once again that he is one of the greatest Red Sox of all time. This season he is batting a .247, with 65 RBI’s, and 23 HR’s. He has a .338 OBP, a .485 SLG%, and a .823 OPS adding 20 doubles and 46 runs on 92 hits. The 9-time All-Star got off to a slow start in 2015 and by all accounts looked like a 39 year old, 19 year veteran. He batted a .236 in April, a .214 in May, and a .237 in June. He had a solid July and is off to a good start in July. Ortiz’s first half totals were decent, as the Red Sox DH batted a .231, with 43 RBI’s, and 15 HR’s. 21 games into the second half, Ortiz is playing even better, batting a .304, with 22 RBI’s, and 8 HR’s.
Ortiz told NESN in regards to his milestone, “It means I’m going to be here next year. Nothing different. I think it’s just as you get older you have to earn things. We agreed on that, I earned it, and I’ll be back next year.” In last nights game Ortiz went 4-5, with a double, a homerun, a walk, and 3 RBI’s. Ortiz’s homer was his 489th just 4 short of HOF Lou Gehrig for number 28 all time. His double was his 567th of his career and he currently ranks 14th all time. His 3 RBI’s gave him 1,598 now for his career, ranking 30th all time. Among designated hitters, Ortix ranks 2nd in HR’s (489) behind only Frank Thomas, 3rd in RBI’s (1598) behind only Thomas and Harold Baines, 1st in doubles (567), and 3rd in BB’s (1215) behind only Thomas and Edgar Martinez. His .283 BA ranks 14th among DH’s. All Ortiz has done since becoming a Red Sox is produce. Even at 39 years old he continues to impress. Ortiz, showing his confidence, told WEEI earlier in the week, “I work hard. I get ready. Pitchers, they know that my jersey says ‘Ortiz’ on my back. People need to sit down before they start talking and just watch the game a little more closely. Pitchers don’t put them on a tee for me. I’ve got to go get it.” Go and get Ortiz has done and most likely will be in the Hall of Fame when his career is all done as one of the greastes Red Sox ever, the best DH ever, and one of the games best hitters in history.