BOSTON — Harold Baines, who ranks second all-time in hits by a designated hitter behind only David Ortiz, was convinced Ortiz should make the Hall of Fame when interviewed by The Eagle-Tribune this baseball season.
“His numbers speak for themselves,” Baines said. “Just like Edgar (Martinez). But when you have writers that don’t believe the DH is part of the game, then it’s tougher to get in.”
MVP slugger Miguel Cabrera also told this newspaper during the season he doesn’t think Ortiz’s positive PED test in 2003 should hurt Ortiz’s chances at the Hall.
“No, because back in those days the testing was not strong,” Cabrera said. “He’s a great person, man. Whatever happens, what he did in baseball was very amazing.”
Ortiz’s Hall resume has some question marks, but he certainly made his case stronger during the World Series. He put together a historic performance on his way to being named the series Most Valuable Player.
Let’s revisit the Hall of Fame discussion now that Big Papi is a three-time World Series champion:
World Series credentials
His World Series stats against the St. Louis Cardinals were off the charts. He was 11 for 16 (.688 average) with a .760 on-base percentage, 1.188 slugging percentage, 1.948 OPS, two homers, six RBIs, two doubles, seven runs and eight walks.
His .688 batting average is the second best average in a single World Series behind only Billy Hatcher’s .750 mark in 1990. His .760 OBP ranks second behind Hatcher’s .800 OBP in ’90.
Ortiz has been in the middle of Boston’s batting order for all three World Series titles.
His .455 batting average in 59 plate appearances over three World Series ranks fifth all-time. His .576 OBP in three World Series is second best all-time behind only Barry Bonds’ .700 mark in 30 career World Series plate appearances.