David Ortiz has 495 home runs, ranking 27th on the all-time HR list.
Big Papi, had a slow start this 2015 MLB season, but his pace has been picking up since then, not only matching his last year’s numbers, but David Ortiz is getting closer to hit home run 500.
During last Sunday’s, defeat against the Mets, Ortiz hit home run number 494, raising not only Red Sox’s fans mood, but a banner the team set up in the left field, with the intention to count down his home runs until the goal is reached.
The banner seemed to have inspired Ortiz because on Monday’s following match, against New York Yankees, “Big Papi” hit another home run, sending the ball straight to the banner, just missing for a few inches.
Ortiz should be capable to reach the 500 home runs before the season ends. However, he and his team need to get it together and improve this week’s performance, after losing 2 of their last 3 games.
Since the All Star Break, Ortiz has hit 14 of his 29 homers on the season, in almost exactly half of the games he played in the first half. So far, he stands 29th for career slugging percentage at 5451. Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez are tied for 20th place at 5549.
He has 3 World Series Championship titles with the Red Sox and was the World Series MVP in 2013. Ortiz hit 58 of his 495 home runs with the Minnesota Twins and 437 in 13 years playing for the Red Sox.
Hall of Fame Call
The possibility that David Ortiz reaches the 500 home runs this season, has open up again discussions on whether Ortiz deserves or not to be called into the Hall of Fame.
Hitting 500 home runs in no longer a lock for the Hall, but it should help Ortiz’s cause. Also, to his favor is the fact that Ortiz is a team leader and a role model for the city. Ortiz is constantly busy with charitable work and his character is anything, but problematic.
However, on 2009, David Ortiz’s name appeared on a New York Times’ list of 104 players who had tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs in ’03.
The testing in 2003 was supposed to remain confidential, but certain names leaked after the U.S. government seized samples and records as part of their BALCO investigation into Barry Bonds and others.
Nonetheless, Ortiz said he had been careless about using over-the-counter supplements and vitamins, but denied using steroids.
The truth is easy that the 39-year-old player, will have to wait 5 years after he retires to get on the ballot and once in the ballot he has 10 years to be elected for the hall of fame. So, we will have to sit back and see if time plays on his favor or not.
In the meantime let’s enjoy the rest of the season and watch his road to the 500 homers. Follow Booking Per Head and get the results of Big Papi’s quest for the 500 home runs and all the MLB outcomes, scores and latest stats.
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