What David Ortiz is doing this season isn’t quite unprecedented, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.
The 40-year-old Boston Red Sox’s designated hitter is putting up some of the best numbers of his career. He’s on pace to set the Major League Baseball record for doubles in a season. He’ll likely start his 10th All-Star game next month. And if he’s lucky, he’ll finally get the one piece of hardware he’s long deserved but never quite wrapped his arms around: a Most Valuable Player award.
In his prime, Ortiz finished in the top five in MVP voting for five straight seasons from 2003 to 2007, topping out at second place in 2005. He hit 208 of his 521 home runs in that span, and added 642 RBIs to boot.
But this year, he’s just as good. His numbers across the board entering Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners are among the best in baseball: .344 batting average (third in majors), 18 home runs (sixth), 59 RBIs (second), 29 doubles (first), 1.147 OPS (first).
Should he win the prestigious award, he’d be the oldest MVP in any of the four major sports. Barry Bonds also was 40 when he won the 2004 MVP, but he turned 40 midway through the season. Ortiz is turning 41 this November.
NESN’s Dave O’Brien and Jerry Remy are astounded by what the slugger has done, and they discussed Ortiz’s season on “Red Sox Gameday Live.” Check out their thoughts in the video above.
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