Monday, April 9, 2007

David Ortiz

(David Ortiz Classic ALCS Game Four Walk Off!)

David Ortiz (IPA /or.ˈtis/, or roughly 'or-TEES', according to Latin American pronunciation) (born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as David Américo Ortiz Arias), is a Major League Baseball designated hitter who plays for the Boston Red Sox (since 2003). Previously, Ortiz played for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002). Nicknamed "Big Papi", Ortiz bats and throws left-handed. He has been elected to 3 American League All-Star teams, and holds the Red Sox single season record for home runs.

Career Highlights:
  • Three time All-Star (2004-2006)
  • Top 5 MVP vote-receiver four times (5th, 2003; 4th, 2004; 2nd, 2005; 3rd, 2006)
  • 2005 Hank Aaron Award winner
  • 3 time winner of the Silver Slugger Award
  • 4 time winner of the Edgar Martinez Award (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Led the American League in extra base hits (2004)
  • Was the MVP for the American League Championship Series (2004)
  • Led the American League in Home Runs (2006)
  • Led the American League in Runs Batted In (2005, 2006)
  • American League Player of the Month for September 2005 and July 2006.
  • Member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that won the World Series.
  • 2003 Caribbean Series MVP
  • Red Sox single season home run leader (54; 2006)
  • Tied with Babe Ruth for AL single season home run record in road games (32; 2006)
  • First player ever to hit two walk-off home runs in the same postseason (against the Angels (ALDS) and Yankees (ALCS), 2004)
  • First player in Red Sox history to hit 40 or more home runs in three consecutive seasons (2004-2006)


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