While most American League teams are primed with a powerful presence in their designated hitter spot, it’s a position that becomes non-existent during the World Series when the series is played in a National League Park.
That is the dilemma facing the Boston Red Sox who don’t want to lose the bat of David Ortiz in Games 3, 4 and 5 which (if needed) will be played in St. Louis.
Knowing this, the Red Sox today confirmed that Ortiz will start at first base in any game played at Busch Stadium:
Farrell said David Ortiz will move to first base for games in St. Louis, although unsure how many of those games he will start
While first base isn’t exactly foreign to Ortiz, he’s only played a few games there in the past handful of seasons and is far from sure handed.
As we’ve seen in the past, designated hitters playing out of position during the World Series (say like Vladimir Guerrero in 2010, Delmon Young in 2012) have become serious defensive liabilities in the field so it should be interesting to see how well Ortiz plays on defense.