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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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Boston Red Sox Have Signed JD Martinez



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Time for a celebration Red Sox fans, the team has reportedly signed a big-time bat.

According to Pedro Gomez of ESPN, the Boston Red Sox have signed free agent DH/OF J.D. Martinez.

Multiple outlets are reporting that the deal is for five years with a player opt-out option after two seasons. The deal is valued at $110 million with it being a front loaded contract prior to the opt out. Full terms will be revealed later.

Martinez has played for three teams in his career starting off in Houston, moving to Detroit, and then being traded to Arizona this past season. The 30-year-old has had his fair share of struggles in major league baseball but was able to figure it all out in 2017 by belting 45 home runs between the Tigers and Diamondbacks with a .303 batting average and 104 RBIs.

Martinez’s role with the Red Sox is unclear at the moment but he can be expected to DH and the corner outfield positions. Having the opt-out in the contract is a huge incentive for Martinez who will likely be playing like it is a contract year given the front-loaded nature of the deal.

Boston has landed their guy, the question is will it be enough for them to contend with the New York Yankees?

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Boston Red Sox Are Close To Signing JD Martinez



JD Martinez

Red Sox fans everywhere can start to rejoice as the big move the team desperately needed is getting closer to completion.

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Boston Red Sox and free agent J.D. Martinez are closing in on a deal.

Other reports have also confirmed that a deal is imminent but that Dave Dombrowski and the team have yet to acknowledge or confirm anything is done or nearing completion. It does appear however that talks between Martinez and the Red Sox are at an all-time high and their seems to be high confidence that both sides will come to terms on a deal in the near future.

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John Henry, Red Sox Owner: ‘We really don’t need to be popular. We need to win.’



Ever wonder why Boston Red Sox fans or Liverpool fans have shown a hatred towards John Henry? Well if you did look no further than his idiotic and out of touch comments that he made on Monday during his yearly media availability.

Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner were asked if they were concerned about the level of popularity of the current team compared to past years.

Wener, one of the producers of Roseanne went first.

“I don’t quite see it the way some of the fans see it. I respect their point of view but I think we’ve got a fun team and if it’s healthy I think were going to be — we’ll bring the fans back,” Werner said. “Obviously we’re in a market where there’s a lot of excellence. We’ve got four championship teams and they’re all playing extremely well. So hopefully now it’s the beginning of spring training and we can have some focus on the Red Sox.”

Henry provided a follow-up that was a bit odd for an owner that makes money off of people liking his teams.

“We really don’t need to be popular,” he said. “We need to win.”

For a team so image conscious the statement is bizarre. But hey, maybe Henry is checked out and will sell the team.

There are plenty of other things to do in the summer than watch Red Sox baseball, maybe fans should take Henry’s lead and turn off the team if they fail to win.

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