David Ortiz elected to Hall of Fame


by - Senior Editor -
Bob DeChiara - USA Today Sports
Bob DeChiara - USA Today Sports

Designated hitter and first baseman David Ortiz was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, it was announced tonight on MLB Network.

He received 307 votes (77.9%) cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

"I am truly honored and blessed by my selection to the Hall of Fame - the highest honor that any baseball player can reach in their lifetime," Ortiz said after the announcement. "I am grateful to the baseball writers who considered my career in its totality, not just on the statistics but also on my contributions to the Red Sox, the City of Boston, and all of Red Sox Nation. I am also grateful to my teammates, my managers and coaches and Red Sox ownership for their faith in me and allowing me to be part of three World Championships."

David Ortiz is 1 of 4 players to hit 500 home runs and win three World Series in his career, alongside fellow Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Mickey Mantle.

According to ESPN Stats, he is also one of three three players with multiple walk-off HR in the playoffs, along with Carlos Correa and Bernie Williams.

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