David Ortiz Just Became the Oldest Player to Reach 30 Home Runs In a Single Season

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David Ortiz Just Became the Oldest Player to Reach 30 Home Runs In a Single Season

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David Ortiz is having one hell of a retirement year. At the ripe old age (for a ball player) of 40 years and 9 months, Ortiz is slashing .322/.412/.637 with a walk rate (13.5%) greater than his strikeout rate (13.3%). Ortiz ranks fourth in batting average, sixth in on base percentage, and first in slugging percentage in all of baseball. That’s one hell of a performance.

Last night, as the Red Sox took on the Rays at Tropicana Field, Big Papi went 2-5 at the plate, hitting a single and crushing his 30th home run of the season.

Check it out, below:

With that home run, David Ortiz became the oldest player in MLB history to hit 30 home runs in a single season. That’s quite an accomplishment. He also extended his hitting streak to 11 games and obtained RBIs number 99 and 100. Very rarely do retirement tours end on as much of a high note as Ortiz’s has (minus the 34 pounds of Salmon, that is), but that’s because players of his calibre rarely retire (and are even more rarely north of 40).


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