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Fenway Nation Feb 4, 2016

Twins GM Ryan Takes The Fall For Letting David Ortiz Go

As bad as it was for the Twins to release David Ortiz in late 2002, nobody remembers the equally dumb move six years earlier by the Mariners. Seattle traded Big Papi to Minnesota in 1996 for Dave Hollins. Anyway, Minnesota GM Terry Ryan has sucked it up and taken the hit for his bonehead move. Says Ryan, "Obviously, it was a mistake. The guy has been a great representation of the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball for a long time. And it's Boston's gain and Minnesota's loss. And I take full responsibility." Since that move, Ortiz has hit .288 with 445 HRs. Ah, the poor Twinkies!
The Republican Feb 4, 2016
Twins' Terry Ryan: Releasing Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz in 2002 was 'bad error in judgment' (report)

Twins' Terry Ryan: Releasing Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz in 2002 was 'bad error in judgment' (report)

The Minnesota Twins released David Ortiz in 2002 after six seasons. Ortiz signed with the Boston Red Sox on Jan. 22, 2003 and has put together a Hall of Fame career.
Full Count | WEEI Feb 4, 2016

Twins GM Terry Ryan on releasing David Ortiz: ‘Obviously it was a mistake . . . and Boston’s gain’

Terry Ryan is one of the most respected general managers in baseball, but even the best make mistakes. The Twins GM’s is obvious: David Ortiz. Before the 2003 season, Ryan famously released Ortiz in order to take shortstop Jose Morban in the Rule 5 draft. With Ortiz winding down a potential Hall of Fame career […]
Over the Monster Feb 2, 2016

Remembering David Ortiz's biggest pitcher feuds

David Ortiz has a whole bunch of big homers. Sometimes, those have gotten him into trouble with the opposition. As David Ortiz's final season looms closer, we can look back in wonder and appreciation at what he's given to us. He's been clutch in playoff games and big moments. He's been the face of three World Series championships, from The Idiots to the Bearded Brothers. Off the field, he's delighted fans with his larger than life personality, sometimes seeming more caricature than human. He's given an impassioned speech to a city recovering from trauma. Perhaps most notably, he and Rob...
Fenway Nation Jan 29, 2016

'Big Tutor" David Ortiz Will School Hanley On DHing

()Current Red Sox DH David Ortiz is more than willing to advise (potentially) future DH Hanley Ramirez about his possible 2017 role. Said Ortiz, "This year I’€™m going to talk to him about it and take him through things I normally like to do. In case it happens, he will be ready for it. I’€™ve got no problem showing my boy anything that I know." For his part, Ramirez was more than willing to take the DH tutelage of Big Papi. Over his career, Ramirez does has some DH experience (albeit limited to 25 games)—and he's hitting .316 with a .946 OPS.
Full Count | WEEI Jan 29, 2016

David Ortiz ready to teach Hanley Ramirez art of being DH

David Ortiz believes Hanley Ramirez at first base this season. But he also knows the reality that is coming after the 2016 season. Whether or not the first base switch works, Ramirez remains the No. 1 candidate to slide into the Red Sox‘ designated hitter spot once Ortiz retires. That’s why the current DH is […]
The Republican Jan 23, 2016

Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez tells what Adrian Gonzalez told him about first base, reveals his weight

Boston Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez said Ramirez plans to arrive at spring training even earlier than Sox personnel asked him, getting to Fort Myers probably Feb. 10 or 11.
The Republican Jan 23, 2016

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry: 'Big disaster' if David Ortiz's career doesn't end in postseason

Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz was the MVP of the 2013 World Series, batting .688/.760/1.188/1.948 with two homers and six RBIs against the Cardinals.
The Republican Jan 23, 2016

Boston Red Sox's Christian Vazquez watching David Price video, could have big impact on starting rotation

Boston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez underwent Tommy John surgery last April. He is throwing 150 feet and will begin to throw to bases in Fort Myers next week.
The Republican Jan 23, 2016

Boston Red Sox's Dave Dombrowski: They call Pablo Sandoval 'Panda Bear for a reason' but he's motivated, in better shape

Boston Red Sox's Dave Dombrowski said Pablo Sandoval is out to prove he is a better player than he showed during his first year with Boston in 2015.
The Republican Jan 23, 2016

VIDEO: Wade Boggs tears up saying late parents will be watching Boston Red Sox retire his No. 26

Wade Boggs will have his No. 26 retired by the Boston Red Sox at a pregame Fenway Park ceremony on May 26. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame wearing a Red Sox cap.
Fenway Nation Jan 22, 2016
Thirteen Years Ago Today, The Red Sox Signed David Ortiz

Thirteen Years Ago Today, The Red Sox Signed David Ortiz

All In All, A Pretty Good TransactionSomebody get Mayor Marty Walsh on the horn. We need him to designate January 22 as Wicked Good Red Sox Move Day in the city. Why? Because 13 years ago, on January 22, 2003, Boston signed 'Big Papi' David Ortiz to a free agent contract—off waivers from the Twinkies. Those of you in the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area, please stop reading right here. About a year before the Twins jettisoned Ortiz, David Srinivasan of the The Sporting News gave this scouting report: "Ortiz is a good major league hitter. If he gets a regular job as DH/first baseman, he...
Over the Monster Jan 21, 2016

Yankees will honor David Ortiz in Red Sox last trip to New York

Big Papi's last visit to Yankee Stadium will be a memorable one. The 2016 season will be David Ortiz's last in the majors. The Red Sox legend is set to retire, and like with Yankees' stars Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, who were honored in Boston on their last trips there, Ortiz will get some special treatment in New York in his final trip to Yankee Stadium. The what isn't known just yet, with Hal Steinbrenner mostly saying they plan to do something: "I am sure we’re going to do something. We have not formally, minute by minute, figured out exactly what we’re going to do yet. He’s a...
River Ave. Blues Jan 21, 2016

Yankees planning to honor David Ortiz during his final season

Earlier this offseason David Ortiz announced he will retire following the 2016 season, which was music to the ears of Yankees fans everyone. Ortiz has crushed the Yankees over the years — he’s a career .306/.395/.565 hitter against New York — and no one on this side of the rivalry will miss him. He was […] The post Yankees planning to honor David Ortiz during his final season appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
Over the Monster Jan 20, 2016

Will David Ortiz be a Red Sox problem at 40?

David Ortiz has shown few signs of decline in recent years, but history has rarely been kind to hitters once they've turned 40. David Ortiz has made a whole career out of defying the odds, something Red Sox fans have long gotten used to at this point. Originally acquired off waivers to back up Jeremy Giambi in 2003, Ortiz is still swatting home runs at a near-unparalleled level for Boston 12 years later. Although I certainly wouldn't be the first to point out that Big Papi has aged gracefully for a power hitter, it's worth noting, year after year, just how remarkable Ortiz's career has...

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