David Ortiz’s Hall-of-Fame Career

 

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David Ortiz
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After running a successful Ohio-based automotive financing company for over 25 years, Theodore “Ted” Catino moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where he has found great satisfaction in helping others start their own businesses as a coach and consultant. In his leisure time, Ted Catino enjoys following the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox have been one of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) most successful franchises in the 21st century, winning three World Series after not winning one since 1918. One of the catalysts behind those three recent championship wins is David Ortiz, the beloved designated hitter who retired following the 2016 season.

Originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as a free agent, Ortiz came to Boston in 2003 and immediately established himself as a middle-of-the-lineup power hitter. He hit 31 homeruns in his debut season with the team and went on to hit at least 23 in each of the next 13 seasons.

His career-best season was in 2006 when he hit an American League-best 54 homeruns and drove in 137 runs. He also led the league in walks with 119. Ortiz played a major role in all three Red Sox championships, including the most recent one in 2013, in which he was named World Series MVP after reaching base successfully in 19 of 25 plate appearances. He finished his career with 541 homeruns, which ranks 17th overall in MLB.

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