Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is planning to retire at the end of the 2016 MLB season, according to a report from FOX baseball reporter Ken Rosenthal Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.
Sources: David Ortiz will retire at end of 2016 season.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 17, 2015
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Ortiz is expected to officially announce his retirement his plans Wednesday in Boston.
David Ortiz, likely a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, will announce his official retirement on Wednesday. Effective end of 2016 season— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 17, 2015
David Ortiz is expected to make his retirement announcement in Boston, #Redsox— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 17, 2015
Ortiz, 39, has played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, 13 with the Boston Red Sox. He hit his 500th career home run last season. He’s best known to Red Sox fans and others for his playoff heroics, helping lead Boston to World Series wins in 2004, 2007, and 2013. Ortiz was named MVP of the 2013 World Series after hitting an astonishing .688, with two home runs, in six games.
Neither Ortiz nor the Red Sox have confirmed Rosenthal’s report.
In February, Ortiz talked about the considerations he takes when going into a new season at his age.
“Once the season kicks in, your whole body starts feeling different, especially when you are my age,’’ Ortiz said, via NESN.com. “Your mind starts running your body, and I have been conserving it more lately now in my career than I used to, and it’s because that counts toward the end.
“I don’t have no date, I don’t have no time, I don’t have no years, because we are here today but you don’t know what can happen toward the end of the season, you know what I’m saying? So, I’m just going to keep on playing to win championships, and whenever that goes away, I guess it’s time to go, too.’’
Ortiz’s current Red Sox contract has options for next season and the year after. The Sox DH locked in a $16 million salary for 2016 based on plate appearances in 2015. The 2017 option is a team option.
Ortiz addressed the possibility of retirement in a conversation with WEEI’s Rob Bradford in September.
“Life goes on. This isn’t everything,’’ Ortiz said. “This is just one chapter of my life. It takes a lot of me. A lot. Like, a lot. My wife and family can tell you because I’m very responsible in what I do. I take it really, really, really serious.’’
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