LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — In what was a stellar season for Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, the man given the moniker “Big Papi” took home some hardware Tuesday. He was named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Award, given to the best designated hitter from a panel of beat writers, broadcasters, and public relations departments in the American League. He is no stranger to this honor, having won it seven other times.
Ortiz won the award from 2003-07 and again in 2011.
Coming in second in the voting was a former Red Sox, Victor Martinez who now showcases his talents in Detroit.
The 38-year-old batted .309, thwacking 38 doubles, crushing 30 home runs, and tallying 103 RBIs. He walked 76 times and scored 84 runs in the process. He leads all DHs in career home runs (381) and RBIs (1,245).
It is remarkable how consistent he has been throughout his career. Even as he ages, he continues to put up solid numbers and still remains a potent force in the Red Sox lineup. Boston can only hope that his production continues as they look to defend their World Series title next season.