Ortiz officially retired Tuesday, the Boston Globe reports. The paperwork has been filed and Ortiz is now officially off the roster. Ortiz and the Red Sox may have fallen short of reaching their ultimate goal of winning the World Series in 2016, but Ortiz finished his career in spectacular fashion with an MLB-best 1.021 OPS, 38 homers and 127 RBI. He hit .286/.380/.552 with 541 home runs in his 20 major league seasons.
Ortiz went 0-for-1 with a walk in his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The veteran DH got only two at-bats before exiting as expected, striking out and then walking. He finishes this series 0-for-10 with four strikeouts, exiting baseball's biggest rivalry with a whimper.
Ortiz went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in Tuesday's 5-2 win at Baltimore. Ortiz's second home run in as many days provided the margin of victory in this one. Manager John Farrell's decision to give him a day off Sunday preceding this hot streak is looking like a brilliant decision. The designated hitter is slashing .318/.403/.634 in what has been a brilliant campaign.
Ortiz went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a 5-2 win over the Orioles on Monday. The homer was Ortiz's 35th of the year, setting a record for most home runs in a year by a player over the age of 40. Big Papi has shown few signs of slowing down as the end of the season nears, hitting .354/.431/.708 over his last 15 games to raise his batting average to .317.
Ortiz is out of the lineup Sunday against the Yankees, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports. Ortiz has served as Boston's DH every day that position has been available since Aug. 25. The veteran previously hinted at a day off Sunday, and manager John Farrell will concur, instead starting Travis Shaw at first base. The move will also give fellow veteran Hanley Ramirez a day off from playing the field, as he'll move to the DH role for the evening contest.