Jim Shorts' Blog: Did Ortiz Deserve To Be A First Ballot Hall of Famer?


I absolutely believe David Ortiz belongs in the Hall of Fame... just not on the first ballot....

The reasons for eventually being in are many...

-541 Home Runs

-3 World Series Titles

-7 times in top 10 in MVP voting

-7 Silver Slugger Awards

-10 time All Star

-1 of 4 to have 500 HRs and 3 World Championships

The reasons it shouldn't have been on the first ballot are 2

-Yes, the positive test for PEDs in 2003 is one...

-The more important reason for waiting a year or 2 is that he was a DH

...no defensive numbers ...there are many players in Cooperstown that have not been great defensive players, but at least they were " full time" players.....(and spare me the argument that pitchers don't play every day and AL pitchers don't bat....it's not the same....throwing 90 pitches in a game versus getting 3-4 at bats as the DH are not equivalent ....)

I am a Big Papi fan.....

He is a Hall of Famer....

But not on the first ballot....

Agree or Disagree? (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 09: David Ortiz exits the field after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on September 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images


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