David Ortiz: The Streak Continues To Grow
When you think of the greatest Designated Hitters in MLB history, what is first thought that jumps into your mind? The casual fan might think of Jim Rice, Frank Thomas Paul Molitor and of course Seattle Mariners icon Edgar Martinez. There should be one more player that needs to be considered among these baseball greats, and that is the Designated Hitter for the Boston Red Sox David Ortiz. The fans in Boston refer to him as Big Papi.
The reason for this is because of the hitting streak Ortiz is currently on. Ortiz has the longest hitting streak going in the majors at 27 games. This hitting streak started last season in July, but his season was ended in August because of an injury to his Achilles tendon.
David Ortiz is just 4th player ever with a 20 game hit streak while EXCLUSIVELY a designated hitter; he’s the 1st since P.Molitor in 1987 (39g)
— Trent McCotter (@trentmccotter) April 28, 2013
He is just the fourth designated hitter ever with a 20-game hit streak, and the first since Molitor accomplished this feat in 1987, the hit streak for Molitor went for 39 games in that season.
The other impressive aspect about this streak is that, he is only seven games away from tying the longest hitting streak in Boston Red Sox history. The longest hit streak in their storied franchise belongs to Dom DiMaggio at 34 games, which he accomplished in 1949. If Ortiz is able to tie DiMaggio’s streak he would surpass other Red Sox greats that had long hitting streaks such as; Wade Boggs, Johnny Damon and Nomar Garciaparra to name a few.
Ortiz has always been a great designated hitter in his career, as indicated by .286/.381/.930 career triple-slash, and he also has won the Edgar Martinez Award six times in his illustrious career already. This award is given to the best Designated Hitter in the American League in MLB.
The Red Sox have the best record in the AL at 21-12, and Ortiz is one of the reasons that they have jumped out to fast start. While the streak is going on he has put up some astronomical numbers, as indicted by .423/.504/1.226 triple-slash.
Ortiz might not break the hitting streak of Molitor’s 39 games or DiMaggio’s streak of 34 games, but it sure has been enjoyable seeing him playing baseball again.