Big Daddy David Ortiz, the designated hitter/first baseman known for his clutch game as a member of three World Series champion teams for the Boston Red Sox, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Tuesday in his first year of eligibility.
In his first year of eligibility, Ortiz received 307 out of 397 votes (77.9 percent), surpassing the required 75 percent threshold to be included. When Ortiz got the call, he was with longtime Red Sox teammate Pedro Martinez, family, and other friends.
Ortiz will be the 4th Dominican in the Hall of Fame. Ortiz’s argument for getting in was simple, he was producing at a high rate and when it mattered most, in the postseason.
Over the course of his 20-year career, which began with the Minnesota Twins, Ortiz earned three World Series rings, 10 All-Star nominations, a World Series MVP, an ALCS MVP, seven Silver Sluggers and two Hank Aaron Awards.