David Américo Ortiz Arias was born on November 18, 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He's nicknamed "Big Papi" and plays baseball with the Boston Red Sox. Ortiz is a designated hitter (DH), and also occasionally plays first base in interleague games.
In 1992 Ortiz was signed by the Seattle Mariners, who listed him as "David Arias". He played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Mariners farm team, until 1996, when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins as the player to be named later in an earlier transaction for Dave Hollins. That's when he informed the team that he preferred to be listed as "David Ortiz." Ortiz made his Major League debut for the Twins on September 2, 1997. For several years, he split playing time between the Twins and their minor league affiliate in Connecticut, the New Britain Rock Cats playing at first base and as a DH. The Twins released him after the 2002 season. On January 22, 2002 Ortiz signed a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Ortiz is a nine-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion and he holds the Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54, set during the 2006 season.
Ortiz has hit 456 career home runs, which ranks 35th on the MLB all-time home run list. He is the all-time leader in MLB history for home runs (405), runs batted in (RBIs) (1,316) and hits (1,851) by a DH.
World Series 2004, 2007, 2013
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