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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 19:02

David Ortiz to Reportedly Retire After 2016 Season

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Another retirement tour could be coming to a MLB stadium near you next season.

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will retire after the 2016 season.

Ortiz will be entering his 20th season in the majors in 2016, is one of just 27 MLB hitters to eclipse the 500 HR mark.  In his 13 seasons in Boston, Ortiz has not gone a year without hitting 23 homers, and he currently holds the team record for home runs in a season, when he bashed 54 HRs in 2006.  He has also gone over the 100 RBI mark nine times in Boston.

At 40 years old, Ortiz has shown few signs that he should retire, with three consecutive 30 HR, 100 RBI seasons in 2013-15.  After a slow start to last season, Ortiz raked 37 homers and 108 RBIs, which was his best power season since 2007 (35 HR and 117 RBI). 

If Ortiz hits 30+ home runs in his final season, he could reach as high as 17th all-time on the home run list.  He currently sits 27th with 503 homers, just one behind Eddie Murray on the list.  He could reach Mickey Mantle’s mark of 536 with a strong final season, which would put him just behind former teammate Manny Ramirez (15th with 555 HRs).

Ortiz is widely known as one of the best postseason hitters in recent history, as he led the Sox to three World Series titles during his tenure in Boston. 

In 2004, Ortiz hit .400 in 14 postseason games, hitting five home runs and driving in 19 runs while victimizing closer Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees during Boston’s epic comeback in the ALCS.

In 2007, Ortiz hit .370 with three homers and ten RBIs in 14 games for another championship. 

In 2013, Ortiz blasted five more homers, and drove in 13 runs in 16 games, picking up his third ring in the process.  He hit .688 in six games against the St. Louis Cardinals en route to winning the World Series MVP award.

Neither the Red Sox nor Ortiz has made a statement confirming or denying the report today.

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Adam Belue

My name is Adam Belue, I'm from Fall River, MA, and I'm a sports fanatic.  I'll watch and write about just about any and every sport, even the fringe ones that aren't really sports like bowling, poker, and ultimate frisbee.  I'm a huge Green Bay Packers fan, and a self-proclaimed New England Patriots hater (and proud of it!)... which makes my job in a sporting goods store quite interesting.  I'm a big fan of the other local teams (Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics), along with the Alabama Crimson Tide and college football as a whole.  I may be a bit obsessed (or a lot obsessed) with Taylor Swift, and I've seen her in concert four times so far... some of the best times I've had by the way her concerts are quite the experience!  I'm also a huge tennis fan, and have played the sport for a good majority of my life.  I wish more people watched and appreciated tennis.  I'm currently a part of the Boston Bruins and Boston Red Sox Beat Team on CLNS Radio, and post a weekly fantasy football and college football column during the season.