David Ortiz Still Plans on Retiring, Despite a Great Start to 2016

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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”.

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Baseball’s Newest Rivalry

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Move over Red Sox-Yankees, baseball’s got a new rivalry that’s full of drama. The Detroit Tigers versus the Boston Red Sox. You might be thinking how is an AL Central team vs. an AL East team a huge rivalry? Well, there’s a lot of history to support this, but let’s begin with the most recent event. Longtime Tigers President and GM Dave Dombrowski was let go days after the 2015 Trade Deadline and eventually signed with the Red Sox to become their president. He’s provided the Tigers with plenty of success from a pair of World Series appearances in 2006 and 2012 and blockbuster trades that netted them MVPs and Cy Youngs. And now he’s with Boston, and his longtime assistant GM Al Avila has become the GM of the Tigers. Avila has worked for numerous years under Dave, dating back to their time with the then-Florida Marlins. And now it seems they’re competing with one another during the offseason. Let’s take a look at the past, present, and future of this Tigers-BoSox rivalry.  Continue reading