The Red Sox’ David Ortiz is in the midst of his farewell tour, as he announced earlier this year that the 2016 season will be his last. But that doesn’t mean the star is done hitting home runs.
On Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians, Ortiz hit his 505th home run, passing Hall of Famer Eddie Murray for 26th on the all-time home run list. His spring training was a rough one, something that has actually been a common occurrence for the veteran, as he went 4-for-35 with three extra-base hits.
During Opening Day, Ortiz, hitting in his 14th Opening Day, hit home run number 504, which tied Murray.
Ortiz has hit five career Opening Day homers, most among active players, according to ESPN Stats & Information, three shy of the all-time mark set by Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr., and Frank Robinson. Out of those three, only Dunn is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“No signs of David slowing down based on the way he swung the bat today,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Added new pitcher David Price: “He’s still got it, absolutely. I know he doesn’t care about spring training. He’s saving it all for the season. The opposing pitchers don’t like to see him in that box. I’m happy he’s on my team.”
And Ortiz is far from finished…