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Boston Red Sox Retire David Ortiz’s Number, Now Onto The HOF



Boston Red Sox Retire David Ortiz‘s Number, Now Onto The Hall of Fame Fight

The Boston Red Sox retired their franchise’s most valuable player.

That player is none other than Designated Hitter and three-time World Series Champion David Ortiz.

Ortiz’s No.34 was retired by the Boston Red Sox organization on Friday night with a pregame ceremony. The ceremony included members of Ortiz’s family, Pedro Martinez, and other key members of the Red Sox organization.

Martinez whose No.45 was retired the previous season, started things off talking about his fellow countrymen from the Dominican Republic.

The ceremony was nice, fans were excited, and the appearance of Ortiz seemed to be needed in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse. Retiring Ortiz’s number so early after his retirement seems odd though. Prior to this, one of the requirements the Red Sox has had to retire numbers was making it into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ortiz is the second non-hall of fame to be retired by the Boston Red Sox . His No.34 joins Bobby Doerr, Joe Cronin, Carl YastrzemskiJohnny PeskyTed Williams, Jim Rice, Wade Boggs, Carlton Fisk, Jackie Robinson (retired by all teams), and Pedro Martinez.

While Ortiz continues to be mentioned as a “Future Hall of Famer”, his chances of making it into the hall are not as great as many fans would think.

Offensively, he has the stats to be enshrined in Cooperstown. 541 home runs, 1768 RBIs, and a career .286 batting average. But critics will point to the fact that he played the majority of his career as a DH.

In his career, he played 278 games at first base, compared to 2029 he played as a DH. Not playing the field has been a big deal to Hall of Fame voters. Not playing the field paired with the fact that there is still a PED tie to him will likely turn voters away from “Big Papi”.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. He is more than just a DH to Boston, he is a hero.

In the postseason David Ortiz played in 85 games and had a .289 batting average with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs. But what sets him apart is what he was able to do in 14 World Series games.

In the World Series, David Ortiz had a .455 AVG which is historic. Even more historic is his .688 AVG in the 2013 World Series where he put the Boston Red Sox on his back and helped the franchise win their third World Series during his time with the organization.

Off the field, Ortiz has become a member of the community giving back to those in Boston as well as his home country. His words after the Boston Marathon Bombings helped give the city courage when they needed it the most.

When it is all said and done, Ortiz should find his way into Cooperstown.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton



Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox



Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror



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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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