The slugger will hang up his cleats after 20 major-league seasons. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will retire at the end of the 2016 season, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. There has been no official announcement from Ortiz on retirement.
David Ortiz's retirement will really mark the end of an era for the Boston Red Sox, and Major League Baseball for that matter.  Still in the shadow of the Derek Jeter retirement, David Ortiz was surely won of the few faces of baseball for a long time.

The David Ortiz Numbers

In 19 Major League seasons, David Ortiz has compiled 503 home runs, and 1641 RBI's, to go along with a .284 batting average.  More importantly, however, David Ortiz had some truly Dominating seasons, peaking at 54 home runs and 137 RBI's in 2006.

The David Ortiz Accomplishments

David Ortiz brought 2 World Championships to the Boston Red Sox.  That's really all we need to say.  Whether or not he's a Hall of Famer, he will always be remembered. He was also a great ambassador for the game, especially for Latin players.  His smile is contagious.  When you combine that with his intimating look at the plate, he is just fun to watch.

The Controversy

The David Ortiz failed drug test in 2003 will likely always haunt him.  He has not failed one since, but people will continue to question the legitimacy of his numbers.  That may even keep him from the Hall of Fame. All-in-all, he is a player that fans will either miss, or miss hating.  The final tour should be fun.    

 

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