Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz at Fenway Park for a game against the New York Yankees
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David Ortiz (David Américo Ortiz Arias), also known as “Big Papi,” is a Dominican-American former baseball player for the MLB (Major League Baseball). During his career, Ortiz played for the Minnesota Twins (1997-2002) and the Boston Red Sox (2003-2016).

David Ortiz was seen as a standout baseball and basketball player when he attended Estudia Espaillat High School in the Dominican Republic and was signed by the Seattle Mariners when he was 17 years old, making his professional debut by playing in the Arizona League for rookie players in 1994. In the rookie league, he was later transferred to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and met his future wife Tiffany while living there.

David Ortiz’s major league debut took place with the Minnesota Twins in 1997. However, Ortiz is best known for his time with the Boston Red Sox, playing with the team from 2003 until his retirement in 2016 and winning the World Series Championship in 2004. He ended his career with 541 home runs (ranking him the 17th best of all time) and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2022.


  • Birthday: November 18, 1975
  • Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Height: 6′ 3″
  • Ex-Wife: Tiffany Ortiz
  • Children: D’Angelo Ortiz, Alexandra Ortiz, Jessica Ortiz
  • Jersey: No. 34
  • Batted: Left
  • Threw: Left
  • Batting Average: .286
  • Hits: 2,472
  • Home Runs: 541
  • Number of MLB World Series Championships: 3

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