Posted January 27, 2014

Red Sox DH David Ortiz: ‘Hopefully I won’t have to wear another uniform’

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Red Sox DH David Ortiz will get his shot in the field at first base during the World Series. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has 439 HR and 1,429 RBI in 16 MLB seasons. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is still a productive hitter at age 38, and he wants to keep wearing the Red Sox uniform for as long as he can.

Ortiz will be entering the final season of a two-year, $30 million contract, but he says he doesn’t plan to retire.

“As long as they keep offering me a job and I keep doing what I’m supposed to do and the relationship keeps on building up, I’m going to be there,” Ortiz said, via CBS Boston. “Hopefully, I won’t have to go and wear another uniform.”

Ortiz hit .309 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI during the regular season and was even better in the playoffs, especially the World Series.

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He hit .353 in October with five home runs and 13 RBI, leading the Red Sox to their third World Championship in the past 10 seasons and earning World Series MVP honors.

“If I have to, I’ve got no choice,” he said. “I’m not going to quit. As long as I keep hitting the ball the way I have, I’ve got to keep on giving it a try.”


8 comments
Boondocker
Boondocker

Its OK with me if folks want to continue the spin of Ortiz on PEDs. Just so long as he keeps his average over 300, his homers over 30, and RBIs over 100. No matter what he does someone will bring up the PEDs and on, and on, and on.

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

PED users typically get better with age--or at least don't drop off after a certain age like everyone else.

Rico1
Rico1

Of course he wants to finish his career with the Sox. I'm sure most players would like the idea of staying with the same team for so long and until the end. But guess what, they also want that team to show them the money or they will WALK...and happily say "this team wanted me more". 

MrArlington
MrArlington

Hopefully he has his PED punch card handy. After a dozen injections he should get the 13th free. He has even acknowledged that he tested positive for PEDs in 2003, but I am sure there will be a few apologists who will try to refute my claim.

MrArlington
MrArlington

@DanaBunner@MrArlingtonFrom your link...

“They just threw it out there that I tested positive on this one list and that was it." He is no different than A Rod proclaiming innocence despite unbiased tests reporting otherwise.

Rico1
Rico1

@DanaBunner Isn't that the same thing MLB has done with A-Rod? He NEVER tested positive after 2003. 

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

@MrArlington@DanaBunner Perhaps.  But you simply don't have enough information to reach that conclusion with a high degree of certainty.  You don't even know what he tested positive on.  And you don't know if he has ever used it again.  You are simply guessing.