Red Sox Slugger David Ortiz To Retire After Next Season
Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, aka "Big Papi", is retiring after the 2016 season, reports ESPN.
He returns 40 years old this week.
Ortiz will make $11 million as his base salary for the 2016 season... after which he will hang up his glove.
A nine-time All-Star selection and six-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Ortiz has hit 503 homers in his career, 445 of which were recorded during his 13 seasons with the Red Sox, the third-most in franchise history behind Ted Williams (521) and Carl Yastrzemski (452). He ranks 27th on the all-time home run list, just one away from tying Hall of Famer Eddie Murray.
Last season, Ortiz finished with a .273 average, 108 RBIs and 37 home runs -- his most for a season since 2006 when he set the team record with 54 homers.
He also has three championship rings.