David Ortiz

  • Silver Slugger Award 6 × (2004-2007; 2011, 2013)
  • 7 × All-Star (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013 )
  • Most home runs in the AL in 2006
  • Most Runs batted in the AL in 2005 and 2006
  • 3 × World Series champion ( 2004, 2007, 2013)
  • 1 × World Series MVP (2013 )

David Américo Ortiz Arias ( born November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic ) is a Dominican - American baseball player in the major leagues. He currently plays for the Boston Red Sox as a designated hitter and first baseman. In 2013 he was awarded the title win the World Series MVP Award.

Biography

Minor Leagues

After completion of the Estudia Espallat High School in the Dominican Republic Ortiz was taken in 1992 by the Seattle Mariners signed and played as David Arias in the Mariners farm system. He was transferred to the Minnesota Twins in 1996 and played using the name David Ortiz at first in their farm system. On September 24, 1997, he first played for the Twins in the MLB. The 1998 season was spent mostly with the Twins, while the following season 130 games for the Triple -A team, the Twins, Salt Lake Buzz, and graduated at the Twins was used in only 10 games.

Minnesota Twins

As of the 2001 season was Ortiz regular for the Minnesota Twins, but could not quite convince because of repeated violations. Although he reached in 2002 in 125 games a batting average of .272 with 20 homers and 75 RBIs, but was dismissed by the Twins in late 2002.

Boston Red Sox

In early 2003 Ortiz signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox, where it is predominantly used as a designated hitter and only in Inter League games played in stadiums of the National League as a first baseman. With the Red Sox in 2004, he could win the World Series in order to overcome an 86 -year-long losing streak of the team. In total, he achieved a batting average of .400 with five homers and 19 RBIs in the play-offs this year. His walk-off home run against the Angels in the American League Championship Series ( ALCS ) secured the Red Sox a place in the World Series and made Ortiz for MVP of the ALCS.

2005 convinced Ortiz with a new Career High of 47 home runs and had just defeated Alex Rodríguez, who scored a home run more in that year in the AL. The same happened to Ortiz in the vote on MLB Most Valuable Player Award in the AL: He was second behind Rodriguez. In 2006, he was, however, beat 54 homers and led the AL with a lead of 10 home runs on the runner-up Jermaine Dye of the Chicago White Sox. In the history of the Red Sox, he thus broke the hitherto kept by Jimmie Foxx record of 50 homers in a season.

In the 2007 season, Ortiz again contributed significantly to winning the World Series by the Red Sox. In the regular season he hit 35 home runs, scored 117 RBIs and a batting average of .322. In the postseason, he increases to .370 with 3 home runs and 10 RBIs.

2008 was Ortiz, who is called by fans Big Papi, initially plagued by an injury and had to stop a few weeks. In only 109 games, his batting average was only .264 with 23 homers and 89 RBIs. The 2009 season started poorly for Ortiz: After 34 games, his batting average was just .208 and once he had suffered 30 strikeouts. The first home run it was not until 20 May 2009, whereby a series of 149 at bats without a home run (the longest of his career ) came to an end. In the course of the season, however, he was able to increase, so that it was enough for a total of 28 home runs and 99 RBIs. He also scored his 300th home run on July 9, 2009.

In the 2010 season, Ortiz began again weak; in April was only one home run and seven RBIs for him to book. Since then, he has, however, can increase significantly. His performances in May 2010 (10 homers, 27 RBI, 1.211 OPS) earned him the title of Player of the Month in the AL. In July he was voted the sixth time overall in the All-Star team in the AL. The All -Star Game, he was the Home Run Derby win. At the end of the season was a batting average of .270 with 32 home runs (5th place in the American League ) and 102 RBIs to book.

Doping allegations

On 30 July 2009, the New York Times, Ortiz and his former teammate Manny Ramirez were tested along with about 100 other MLB players in 2003 positively to performance-enhancing substances. Ortiz has denied at a press conference taking steroids and returned the positive test results on devoured by him food supplements or vitamins.

Private life

Ortiz has three children with his wife Tiffany Jessica, Alexandra and D' Angelo. On 11 June 2008 his U.S. citizenship was conferred in Boston.

Career highlights

  • 3 times winner of the World Series ( 2004, 2007, 2013)
  • 6 times All-Star (2004-2008, 2010)
  • 5 times among the top 5 in the voting for MVP ( 2003 5; 2004 4, 2005 2nd, 2006 3rd, 4th, 2007 )
  • MVP of the World Series in 2013
  • MVP of the American League Championship Series 2004
  • Hank Aaron Award 2005
  • Silver Slugger Award four times (2004-2007)
  • Edgar Martínez Award five times (2003-2007)
  • Most extra base hits in the AL (2004, 2005, 2007 )
  • Most home runs in the AL (2006)
  • Most RBIs in the AL (2005, 2006)
  • Most home runs in a season the Red Sox (2006: 54)
  • Most home runs in away games in an AL season ( 2006: 32; along with Babe Ruth )
  • First player in the history of the Red Sox with 40 or more home runs in three consecutive seasons (2004-2006)
  • Six seasons with at least 30 homers and 100 RBI (2003-2007, 2010)
  • AL Player of the Month (09 /2005, 07 /2006, 05 /2010)
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