Boston Red Sox’s Designated Hitter, David Ortiz, has the second highest slugging percentage in the MLB, and third highest OPS, being one of the best hitters of the 2016 season so far. This great production out of the blocks, however, does not seem to distract Ortiz from retirement after this season.
Ortiz tell Yahoo Sports, “I’m good with the decision that I’m making because I’ve been thinking about it for a while”.
“It’s been a couple years. Because your body, man. Your body tells you. My body, man. My body’s pretty beat up. Remember, if you look at guys my size, they don’t last. I noticed that seven or eight years ago. That’s why I needed to start doing things right. I lost 25 pounds. I started eating better, do things better. But let me tell you: It’s not easy, man”.
“All people talk about is age, age, age, age. Bro, listen. I’m a better hitter now than what I was [expletive] 10 years ago. You know why? Because now I set pitchers up. My mind doesn’t get any confusion. I used to get confused. I’m gonna sit on a slider. Fastball. Boom! Oh, [expletive]. Why’d I take that fastball? My whole program I used to change because of that pitch. Now, I decide I’m gonna sit on a slider. Fastball. I don’t care. Fastball. I don’t care. Breaking ball. I don’t care. Changeup. I don’t care. Slider. Here it is”.
Jeff Passan explains, “the Red Sox do hold club options that max out at $16 million for the next two seasons. For now, the organization is respecting Ortiz’s choice to retire with more than $150 million earned and burgeoning businesses he wants to nurture”.
Ortiz later says, “I’m happy with the decision that I made, and my feet are happy with the decision that I made, and my wife is happy with the decision that I made. I’ve got to wait until next year when I ain’t doing [expletive] to see how it’s gonna hit home. Because I’m not gonna lie to you, I don’t know. I think I played enough baseball”.
“Hopefully,” he said, “nobody comes to me and offers $25 million, either”.
“I don’t even want to talk about it. Like I said, I’m good with the decision that I made right now. But would you leave $25 million on the table? I don’t want nobody to offer me that”.
Would David Ortiz turn down $25 million to play a couple more years, or would the 40-year old continue to play? Let us know what you think in the comments.