Arguably the greatest designated hitter of all time has claimed a spot in Cooperstown — despite his similarly qualified peers being snubbed.
David Ortiz was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday — the only inductee in this year’s class — garnering 77.9% of the vote in his first year of eligibility. He’s the fifth first-ballot Hall of Famer in Red Sox history.
Though his stats don’t always stack up to those of HOF snub Barry Bonds — and like Bonds, he too was linked to PEDs, though less infamously — Ortiz made a major impact on the game.
His tremendous playing career was a lucrative one — his $160 million in earnings rank 40th all-time.
Ortiz was also a leader for Boston, both on the field and off — perhaps best exemplified in 2013.
His speech following the Boston Marathon bombings became a rallying cry on the Red Sox’s run to the World Series — where Ortiz batted a remarkable .688 (second-best ever) with two HR and six RBI for his only career World Series MVP.