Red Sox: Where David Ortiz ranks in franchise, MLB history

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 02: David Ortiz
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 02: David Ortiz /
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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 02: David Ortiz
BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 02: David Ortiz /


As phenomenal as Ortiz was during the regular season, October was where he truly shined.

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Ortiz hit .289/.404/.543 in 85 career postseason games, 76 of which came with the Red Sox.

He was one of the main contributors to the 2004 championship team that ended an 86 year title drought for the franchise. Big Papi would help deliver two more World Series trophies to Boston, earning him a total of three rings in his career. That included a memorable 2013 run culminating in Ortiz being named as the World Series MVP.

Nine of his 20 major league seasons ended with a trip to the postseason, including eight of 14 in Boston. In fairness, many all-time greats played in previous eras without the playoff structure that we’re used to. Back in the day, the teams with the top record in each league faced off in the World Series. Not only is it easier for teams to now reach the postseason, once they qualify there is the potential to play in significantly more playoff games than players from other eras had the opportunity for.

While the era he played in had a hand in Ortiz piling up postseason numbers, it remains impressive how many categories he ranks highly in historically.

At-Bats: 304 (10th)

Plate Appearances: 369 (9th)

Runs Scored (Career): 51 (9th)

Runs Scored (Single-Season): 16 in 2007 (5th)

Hits (Career): 88 (10th)

Doubles (Career): 22 (4th)

Total Bases (Career): 165 (5th)

Total Bases (Single-Season): 42 in 2004 (10th)

Home Runs (Career): 17 (7th)

RBI (Career): 61 (4th)

RBI (Single-Season): 19 in 2004 (2nd)

Walks (Career): 59 (7th)

Walks (Single-Season): 16 in 2013 (4th), 14 in 2007 (7th), 13 in 2004 (10th)