September 16, 2015

Is David Ortiz The Most Important Player In Red Sox History?

Is David Ortiz the most important player in Boston Red Sox history?

WEEI's Rob Bradford says Yes.
David Ortiz has meant more to the Red Sox than any player in the franchise's history.

Yes, I know, Ted Williams was a better hitter. He was the best hitter. Yes, I know, Carl Yastrzemski played longer and was a superior all-around player. Yes, I know, Pedro Martinez was more dominant during a concentrated period.

No matter. Ortiz has earned the right to be labeled the first face of the organization's Mount Rushmore. ...

It all adds up. Some will never accept it. I get it. Still, all things considered, I have to believe we're watching the player who has meant more to the Red Sox than any other player before him.

6 comments:

allan said...

Career World Series Records (min. 40 PA)
Best batting average? David Ortiz, .455
Best on-base percentage? David Ortiz, .576
Best slugging percentage? David Ortiz, .795
Best OPS? David Ortiz, 1.371

Individual World Series records (min. 20 PA)
Best batting average? David Ortiz, .688 (2013)
Best on-base percentage? David Ortiz, .760 (2013)

hrstrat57 said...

3 flags.

Hard to argue against Bradfo here
.....tho DH haters will not agree.

Zenslinger said...

He's definitely the most important player in *my* Red Sox history, which goes back to about 1978.

D.Ing said...

Interesting that Rob B. said "important" and not "valuable."

Was he just trying to avoid the more semantically fraught baseball adjective?

I'll go ahead and say it. Ortiz has been the most valuable too, IMHO.

laura k said...

Why choose between Ortiz and Pedro? Red Sox fans were so fortunate to have them both.

odessaphiles said...

I never saw Williams play, but I grew up with Yaz. He made the Sox matter again for a long, long time. Although Papi shone brighter at times, Yaz made the Sox relevant again.