Boston Red Sox: Is David Ortiz The Greatest DH Ever?

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Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox struck gold with David Ortiz. Since coming to Beantown, Ortiz has just flat out dominated. With the power that he possesses, you hold your breath every time Ortiz steps to the plate. No matter what is thrown, Ortiz will still take it deep. This is Ortiz’s job as DH and he does it better than anyone. Many may say he is a great DH, but is he the greatest DH to ever play the game?

Ortiz was acquired by Boston in 2003 via free agency. He spent five seasons with the Minnesota Twins, as he battled numerous injuries, so releasing him seemed like the best option for the Twins. When he came to Boston, he put up great numbers. Posting a .288 batting average, with 31 HR and 101 RBI, Ortiz proved that Minnesota made a grave mistake by releasing him. Would Ortiz be able to stay healthy and consistent was still a question.

In 2004, Ortiz was a main contributor in the Red Sox first World Series championship in 86 years. Ortiz posted a .301 batting average in the regular season, along with 41 HR and 139 RBI. Although he was dominate during the year, would he be able to perform in the playoffs?

The Red Sox 2004 postseason play was great, and Ortiz contributed in the highest fashion. He posted an amazing .413 batting average, along with five HR and 19 RBI. This definitely helped the Red Sox win the World Series, and it looked as if Ortiz finally shut all the critics up and proved he was a dominate DH in the MLB.

Ortiz’s best statistical season came in 2006, leading the league in both HR (54) and RBI (137). This earned Ortiz his third straight All-Star appearance, but not good enough to win the MVP award. He was third in the voting, behind New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter and Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau. He did earn himself his fourth consecutive Silver Slugger award.

In his career, Ortiz has made a total of 9 All-Star appearances, adding another this season. He has five Silver Slugger awards, possibly adding a sixth if he keeps up the level of play he’s been performing at. He has the most career home runs as a DH (368) and RBI (1,207). Ortiz has become one of the greatest DH’s of all-time, and arguably the best over the great DH Edgar Martinez.

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