Tonight, David Ortiz joined rare Boston Red Sox company by becoming the third player to have hit 400 home runs while a member of the franchise.
Joining the names of hall-of-famers Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski on the elite list, Ortiz has made his Hall of Fame case even more enlightening. Already regarded as the greatest designated hitter of all time, Ortiz does hold records for most hits, home runs and runs batted in as a DH. When he decides to walk away from the game, his case will be very interesting when his name first appears on the ballot.
His two biggest weaknesses when voting takes place are his name being connected to the Mitchell Report for allegedly doing steroids back in 2003 and most of his career never making contributions defensively. However, his contributions with the bat will not be overlooked and his three world championships with the Red Sox are something that will forever connect him to not only the city, but the game for ending the curse of the Great Bambino in 2004.
Ortiz much like Roger Clemens will be enshrined in the Red Sox Hall of Fame regardless of what holds him back from getting a plaque in Cooperstown. MLB should be forever grateful for what he has done for the team, the city, the game, and the fans. He always knew what to do or say when team and city had their backs against the wall. They turned to him when they needed a hero, and he responded on countless occasions. When his name shows up on the ballot, Ortiz will surely give voters a difficult choice.