The real Ortiz’s plans for retirement, however, are almost certainly a little different. After reports circulated last week of the star’s decision that the 2016 season will be his last, debate began about whether the designated hitter deserved a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Red Sox fans were overwhelmingly supportive of his entry.
“[T]here’s no argument,” writes NESN’s Sam Galanis. “It’s hard to imagine looking back at baseball in the early 2000s without Ortiz’s name coming up. He came to the Red Sox in 2003 from the Minnesota Twins as a free agent, and one year later he was an instrumental part of ending the franchise’s 86-year World Series drought. He brought Boston two titles more over his soon-to-be 20 seasons and accomplished so much in between.”
The Washington Post’s own stats cruncher Neil Greenberg, however, questions his worth.
“Ortiz is certainly one of the better hitters in baseball, and has amassed a résumé that upon first glance seems to be in line with what we would expect from a Hall of Famer,” Greenberg writes. “However, he is likely to retire as a borderline one-dimensional candidate without a true fielding position, and one that has been tainted with the suspicion of PED use.”
Whatever happens, though, at least Ortiz will always have his mofongo, which, by the way, is delicious.