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 2-for-4 with a go-ahead two-run homer and three RBI overall in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Big Papi provided a storybook opening night of his final regular-season series by taking Brett Cecil deep for a 373-foot shot to right that plated Mookie Betts and snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh. Ortiz had a quiet final series at Yankee Stadium (0-for-10) so Friday's fireworks were a welcome sight. Despite the mini-slump in New York, Ortiz slashed an outstanding .333/.412/.644 over 87 September at-bats.
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 will likely be limited to two at-bats Thursday against the Yankees, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
Ortiz will play Thursday, but not for the entirety of the game. The club wants to have their slugger get some rest before returning to Boston for his final regular-season series at Fenway Park. Ortiz has continued his dominant season, as he's posted a .297/.368/.574 line with seven home runs and 24 RBI over the last 30 games.
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 an incredible 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, the most ever 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.
Ortiz may not play in Sunday's series finale against the Yankees, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
The Red Sox had hoped to have Ortiz in the lineup everyday from here on out during the regular season, but there are days when a 40-year-old athlete feels like a 40-year-old non-athlete. "Today is a bad day to be 40 years old," Ortiz said with a chuckle as he entered Fenway Park on Saturday. With Boston stretching its AL East lead to three games and facing left-hander CC Sabathia, Ortiz could sit for a brief respite Sunday.
Ortiz is expected to play in every game for the remainder of the season, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.
Ortiz has dominated his final season in the majors and owns a .314/.400/.619 line with 33 home runs and a team-high 111 RBI. As long as he stays healthy, the 40-year-old DH is set to start for the rest of the season as the Red Sox battle for a playoff spot in the challenging AL East.
Ortiz went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and a pair of runs scored against the Orioles in a 12-2 win Monday.
Ortiz's home run came in the sixth inning as Boston was already up 9-2, and was his 33rd of the season. He's now hitting .318 on the year, which would match his best average since 2007. His 1.034 OPS and 45 doubles are best in all of baseball.
Ortiz hit a sixth-inning, three-run homer to give Boston a lead it never relinquished in Sunday's 11-8 win over the Blue Jays.
It was a wild day at Rogers Centre as the two teams jockeying for first place in the AL East traded leads and homers and used 18 pitchers. Big Papi's first homer in 10 games provided the winning margin and allowed Boston to leave Toronto with a series win, two games ahead of both the Blue Jays and Orioles.
Ortiz is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Padres, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.
True to his word, manager John Farrell has held Ortiz out for all three games of the interleague set. The Red Sox play exclusively against American League teams the rest of the way.
Ortiz is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Padres.
Manager John Farrell said over the weekend that Ortiz would not start for the entirety of the Red Sox's series with the Padres, so it comes as little surprise that he will sit out Tuesday. Ortiz could be used for a pinch-hit opportunity if needed over the next day or two, but don't expect to see him back in the starting lineup until Friday.
As expected, Ortiz is out of the lineup Monday against the Padres, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.
Ortiz is expected to be limited to pinch-hit duties for the entirety of the three-game series that is taking place in San Diego. Hanley Ramirez will get the nod at first base in Monday's series opener.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Ortiz won't play in the field during a three-game series in San Diego that begins Monday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
After adding Yoan Moncada to the roster as a September call-up, the Red Sox have more talented bats on hand than at any point this season, so the team's offense should be able to get by just fine in San Diego with Ortiz limited to pinch-hitting duties. Even if he only starts in three of the Red Sox's six games during the upcoming week, Ortiz might still be worth keeping active in deeper leagues with weekly lineup entries.
Ortiz went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI against Oakland on Saturday.
Why is Big Papi retiring after this season, again? The 40-year-old DH is near the top of the league in most offensive statistics -- first in SLG (.629) and OPS (1.04) - and while hitting in the heart of the top offense in the league can't hurt, most of his peripherals are rock solid, disproving the notion that luck has been much of a factor in his stellar performance this year. The Red Sox will rest him down the stretch when they can, but they'll still need his bat as much as possible while fighting for first in the AL East.
Ortiz is in the lineup Friday night against Kansas City, Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports.
Ortiz didn't start Thursday, but is back in his usual DH spot for Friday's outing. Ortiz has dominated at the plate recently, having gone .440/.481/.880 with three home runs and seven RBI over the last seven days.
Ortiz will get the day off Thursday against the Rays, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
Ortiz recorded his 30th home run and 100th RBI of the season in Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay, but he'll be held out of the lineup after starting each of the last six contests. Boston will go with Hanley Ramirez as the DH, while Travis Shaw gets the nod at first base.
Ortiz finished 2-for-5, including his 30th home run of the season, in Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to Tampa Bay.
The veteran slugger started things off right away for the Red Sox, sending a two-run shot to right in the first inning, collecting his 100th RBI of the season and becoming the only current player who has at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI in each of the past four seasons. In extending his hit streak to 11 games, Ortiz raised his wRC+ to 171 on the season, alongside a stout .322/.412/.637 line.
Ortiz went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Saturday.
His back is apparently feeling better. The veteran slugger left Friday's game with some upper back stiffness, but he returned to the lineup Saturday. Ortiz has a seven-game hitting streak and is 5-for-7 with a pair of bombs in this series versus Detroit.
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