Now, please note this is still pure speculation at this point by Ken Rosenthal, so who knows what will actually happen by the end of the year, but there’s been zero news in a while and I really need to get my post count up. I’ve been slacking hard. Anyways, back to the topic at hand, I suppose it’s getting to be about that time for the controversial 40 year old slugger. (Okay, he’s not TECHNICALLY 40 until tomorrow, but we’ll just call it 40 alright?)
Ortiz will be an interesting case for the Hall of Fame. First off, he’s a Designated Hitter, and they for whatever reason seem to have a hard enough time to get in. There’s there’s that time he was named as a steroid user, but no further proof ever came of that. He’s also been, well a very interesting character to say the least.
However, he is just the 27th member of the 500 home run club, and to date has a career line of .284/.378/.547/.925. He has been in the top 5 MVP votes in 5 different seasons, been to 9 All-Star games and has won the Silver Slugger award 5 times. He also has three World Series rings, including WS MVP in 2013.
While, I’m the first to say that I don’t particularly care for Ortiz as a person, I certainly see his value as a player and believe he’s deserving of a place in Cooperstown.
For now, let’s just hope there’s another good meltdown or two left in Big Papi. If nothing else, he surly provides some quality entertainment.