Some Boston Red Sox fans were hoping that David Ortiz would come out of retirement and play one more season. However, the Red Sox are making sure “Big Papi” is not making a comeback as they announce his jersey retirement this season.
David Ortiz hints coming out of retirement late last year
According to Sporting News, Ortiz hinted that he might come out of retirement after the Red Sox acquired ace Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox. “Big Papi” left a glaring hole in the Red Sox lineup which the team filled in with Mitch Moreland.
Some Red Sox fans believe that Moreland is not enough that is why they are calling for Ortiz’s return. The 41-year-old slugger had a great final season as he batted .315 with 38 home runs and 127 RBIs in 151 games.
Red Sox to retire David Ortiz No. 34 jersey
The Red Sox announced on Thursday that they will be retiring the No. 34 jersey of “Big Papi” on June 23 against the Los Angeles Angels. The jersey is going to be put and immortalized on the right field façade along with other Red Sox legends, per FOX Sports.
In 14 seasons with the Red Sox, Ortiz had a batting average of .315 with 483 home runs and 1,530 RBIs. He was a ten-time All-Star, three-time World Series champion, one-time World Series MVP and a seven-time Silver Slugger Award during his time in Boston.
David Ortiz becomes the tenth Red Sox player to have his jersey retired
The 41-year-old legend is the tenth Red Sox player to get his number retired by the team and eleventh overall because of Jacking Robinson’s No 42. He joins Red Sox legends in the right field wall that include Ted Williams, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Johnny Pesky, Jim Rice, Pedro Martinez and Wade Boggs.
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