At 34 years of age, David Ortiz has just become the all time hits leader at the DH position.
With a double in the second inning off of Seattle Mariners’ starter Aaron Harang, Ortiz has passed Harold Baines on the list. This is just another positive feat in what could be a career year for the storied Red Sox’s slugger. Ortiz is hitting an impressive .330/.411/.621 with 18 homers and 62 RBIs on the season, and has already been worth 2.7 WAR, despite not making his season debut until April 20th with a heel injury.
This is just another milestone in an impressive career for Ortiz. He became the all time home run leader for the DH position in 2009 and has held the position down firmly. Ortiz also ranks 7th all time in RBIs (1388) for Designated Hitters over an impressive career that has spanned nearly 17 years, and he isn’t slowing down. Over his career, he’s been a .287/.381/.550 hitter with 419 career homers. His best season was, arguably, 2007 when he hit .332/.445/.621 with 35 homers and 117 RBIs. While Ortiz has played first base in his career, he was never a very good fielder. He has made a career out of hitting and is the prime example for what a DH should be.
Here is the video of his achievement- http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?c_id=bos&content_id=28788941&partnerId=as_mlb_20130711_9677314