Congratulations to David Ortiz for hitting his 500th career home run tonight. He did so in the Boston Red Sox 10-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.
It was Big Papi’s second homer of the evening. He hit 499 in the first inning off Rays starter Matt Moore. Ortiz would also take Moore deep for number 500. Of his 500 dingers, 442 have come with the Red Sox who he has been with since 2003. Ortiz is third on the Red Sox all-time HR list behind only Carl Yastrzemski (452) and Ted Williams (521). The other 58 came with the Minnesota Twins. Papi began his big league career with the Twins late in the 1997 season. He is the 27th player in MLB history to belt at least 500 career home runs.
This season Ortiz has 34 home runs. It is the ninth time in his big league career he has hit 30 or more home runs in a season. He also has 95 RBI in 2015 will likely reach 100 RBI for the ninth time in his career.
Big Papi turns 40 in November. The Red Sox have a team option on Ortiz for both 2016 and 2017. I would be shocked if the Sox don’t pick up his option. While it has been a disappointing season for the Red Sox, they are 21-16 since August 1st. While young guys like Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley, Jr, Rusney Castillo and Travis Shaw have been a tremendous spark, Ortiz has been right there with them. While 500 home runs is a big accomplishment, the future Hall of Famer is far from done. There will be plenty more swings from David Ortiz.
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