David Ortiz becomes 27th player to reach 500 Home Run plateau.

Featured imageDavid Ortiz may be a controversial player, you either love him or you hate him, but of one thing there is no doubt.  Baseballs (and telephones) fear this man.  Of this there is no doubt.  The man can mash a baseball.  Tonight, David Ortiz managed to become just the 27th player to reach the 500 home run mark.  Ortiz who has struggled at times this season is highly likely to be a first or second ballot hall of famer.  Entering into tonight’s game, Ortiz has batted .271/.358/.899 with 32 home runs.  You can watch the historic home home run below.

23 thoughts on “David Ortiz becomes 27th player to reach 500 Home Run plateau.

  1. I don’t love or hate Ortiz. He’s just another ballplayer….better than most, but not as good as some others.

    That said, I don’t understand why people only seem to be mad at “drug cheats” who are good players. I’ve never seen a bunch of outrage against Neifi Perez for his drug use.

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    1. The scrub cheaters are the players I hate the most. Bonds, Ortiz, Clemens, they aren’t taking someone else’s roster spot. I don’t like them cheating, but I don’t really feel bad for Ted Williams’ estate, that he keeps getting pushed further and further down the HR list. The 30 year old in AAA, who keeps getting beat out for the backup job by a cheat, is who I feel bad for.

      I played ball in college from 00-02, and was shocked how prevalent steroids were. Both at the community college level, and the University level, it was between 1/4 and 1/3 of all players I played with. It was so prevalent, guys doing it felt no shame, and would openly talk about having to stick a needle in John Doe’s ass, cause he couldn’t do it. I can remember going to MLB showcases, and it always pissed me off that many people there were doing it clean, and would never get a shot because inferior players who were cheating, would be drafted. They were shaving a 1/10th of a second off their 60 yard dash. They were getting an extra 2 MPH on their fastball. A few warning track balls were leaving the yard.

      Everybody who played clean, was at a hell of a disadvantage. I was a pitcher, so I’ll speak on that. Because we only threw 2 times a week, we did cardio… a lot. We’d show up at the pool at 6:00 AM, go to class at 8, and then run 4, 5 or 6 miles, at 1:00 when practice started. I graduated high school at 6’3″, 210 lbs. I weight trained in high school, so it was a lot of muscle, but there was a little padding too. When I went home at the end of my freshman year, I weighed 177 lbs. My body was just incapable of gaining muscle bulk with all the cardio. The guys using steroids were different though. Freshman who were 6′ 1″, 170 lbs in fall ball, were suddenly 190 lbs of shredded muscle by the time the season rolled around in February. There’s no doubt, it was tempting seeing results first hand.

      Most college right handers throw in the sustained 83-87 MPH range. They don’t stand a prayer of getting drafted. The ones who can add 3 MPH, and get into the high 80’s, occasional low 90’s, stand a shot of getting drafted in the late rounds. That 3 MPH can come from a lot of places, but back strength, leg strength, and wrist strength is a good place to start. You don’t get that by running. You get that by strenght conditioning, and steroids help that tremendously. Me, I was never good enough to get drafted, but I played with guys who were.

      The scrub drafted in the 38th round who gets busted always pissed me off more than the future hall of famer. He’s legitimately taking someone more deserving’s spot. But, that 38th rounder is learning it from someone. In my day, Ken Caminitti, McGwire, Clemens, Bonds, Sosa…were these mountain’s of men, throwing 99 at 40 years old, hitting balls 500 feet 70 times a year. They influenced a lot of my peers, accidentally or not. So, I call them all out, future HOF or 38th round scrub.

      You bribe a judge, you should be disbarred, whether you are fighting traffic convictions, or repping celebs in murder trials. You cheat in med school, you should lose your medical license, whether you are a dentist, or a cancer specialist. You take illegal substances to turn warning track power into first row power, you should be out of baseball. Somebody out there, no matter the professional, is doing it the ethical way, and getting left behind because of it.

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  2. I tried to get a post up about this last night because I was watching the game live, saw #499, and with the way Matt Moore was pitching, I knew #500 was imminent. I was using the WordPress app on my iPad and it got hung up. I took a screen shot of #499 to use as the image, and I think the image size was too big.

    I don’t know if voters will elect Ortiz into the HoF. They may hold his positive steroid test and his position, DH, against him.

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    1. Here is the thing….WHAT POSITIVE STEROID TEST?

      There was an alleged leak confirmed by no one that he was one of the players that tested positive during the “survey year”, during which all samples should have been anonymous.

      No one has ever verified that he tested positive, nor has anyone ever explained how anyone would have been able to match up sample IDs to player names.

      This remains a rumor regarded to be fact…and i have no idea why.

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      1. FWIW, personally, I’m not a fan of Ortiz, but fair is fair….and there remains the same evidence against him as there is against Jeter.

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        1. Another common error. He wasn’t mentioned in the Mitchell report.

          It was an anonymous leak of his name allegedly associated with the anonymous testing year.

          To be clear, I am not railing against you indy…but the fact that these things are so commonly stated that people can no longer remember how not factual they are.

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        2. What I have read about the situation has lead me to believe that his name was leaked and that he himself confirmed he did test positive. He had no idea why he tested positive because he denied ever knowingly using steroids and he believes he was using a supplement that unbeknownst to him had a banned substance.

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      2. It will absolutely be enough to dissuade those with their “morality” axes to grind.

        Hell, Piazza can’t get in because he supposedly had a couple zits on his back. Compared to that, Ortiz might as well be holding a smoking gun and a signed confession.

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        1. Yeah, I’m pretty sure Ortiz is a member of Al Queda or ISIS or something. He’s even worse than that guy that may or may not have preferred footballs to have slightly less than required air pressure.

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      3. I’m quite pleased with how long it took me to figure out what you were talking about.

        My off-season sport of choice is the Premier League, so that version of football is where my mind went first.

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        1. Sorry….I too have become a PL fan the last couple of years….I find having the game on relaxing because of the awesome accents of the announcers….and couldn’t help but learn something along the way and become enamored with some of the teams…sadly, my first love (Burnley) could stay in the league…now I mostly root for Swansea, Totenham, and all of the teams fresh up from the Champions League.

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        2. I got into the sport during the World Cup, and because of that, I ended up throwing my PL support behind Tim Howard and the Evertons.

          And yeah, the accents are definitely a plus. I suspect they are distracting enough that they prevent me from being able to tell the difference between a good announcing team and a bad one. Then again, my general ignorance of the sport may have a role in that as well.

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        3. I find the announcing to simply be better than we get for baseball. They generally stick to the game or at least the teams that are playing. They are pretty funny sometimes, and they aren’t afraid to call out bad plays rather. I love when they call fouls “cynical” or a nice ball in “lovely”…just great stuff….but yeah, some of what they are pointing out may be wrong or obvious, and I just enjoy it because of my ignorance.

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        4. Yeah, the jargon used definitely makes a difference. It took me maybe 15 minutes during one game to realize that one player’s name was Cleverly, and that they weren’t describing some action in that moment.

          And I think I just came up with an idea for a whole big post. No way I get it up tonight, but maybe in the next day or two….

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        5. Yeah, the names are also fantastic….even the English ones…just for being…I don’t know…so English. I root for Leicester City just because of Jaime Vardy…and not even his play, which is “brilliant” (hehe), but because the name cracks me up.

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  3. There is more “evidence” against Ortiz than there is against Piazza, Bagwell or even Bonds, yet Ortiz will likely walk in easy. The best part of it all is he may actually end up making it easier for the other guys because a lot of people are pointing out the hypocrisy of allowing Ortiz in while blocking Piazza and others, and a lot of people lately are converting to the school of thought to just suck it up and let everyone in. The lines are getting too damn murky, and it’s silly trying to split hairs over innuendo, especially when it’s suspected a great majority of the league was juicing anyways. A baseball player should be judged against his peers in his time period. If everyone was cheating, does it really matter anymore? Bonds is still the best of his era so stop being such a curmudgeon and find another soapbox to get on. Just one man’s opinion of course.

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