With his third World Series championship in 10 seasons, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz can be called any superlative you wish, but now there should be a certainty about perhaps the most important description any ballplayer could want.
Hall of Famer
You would think that David Ortiz, the Most Valuable Player in the Red Sox’s six-game triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals completed Wednesday night, is rightly headed to enshrinement in Cooperstown once he is eligible after retirement.
In the World Series, Ortiz batted .688 (11-for-16) with two home runs, six RBIs and eight walks — including four in the final game at Fenway Park — for an incredible .760 on-base percentage in 25 plate appearances. He now also holds the highest career batting average in World Series history – a lofty .465 in compiled in the 2004, 2007 and 2013 fall classics combined.
But I don’t recall hearing much mention of Ortiz by the broadcasters covering the game along the lines of “future Hall of Famer David Ortiz” or any talk about whether Ortiz might be “a first-ballot Hall of Famer.”
The reason, clear and simple, is performance enhancing drugs.
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