That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: David Ortíz Elected to the MLB Hall of Fame

Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer David Ortiz looks to the heavens on June 24, 2015 after hitting a two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park. Ortiz was voted into the Hall of Fame Tue Jan 25, 2022 by the BBWAA (AP News photo)

David Ortíz Elected to the MLB Hall of Fame

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

David “Big Papi” Ortíz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, New York during his first year of eligibility today. He received 77.9 percent of the vote by the BBWAA. He becomes the fourth player born in the Dominican Republic to make it to Cooperstown, the others are Juan Marichal, Pedro Martínez, and Vladimir Guerrero.

Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, on their tenth and final year of eligibility simply ran out of time. David Ortíz (the only player to be elected) played for 20 years, mostly as a designed hitter, an iconic player for the Boston Red Sox, and one of their most popular players ever.

During his career “Big Papi” hit 541 home runs and was selected to 10 All-Star Games. Considered one of the best clutch hitters in postseason history.

A player must get to 75% to be elected. Here is the final voting. David Ortiz: 77.9 percent (Elected) Barry Bonds: 66 percent Roger Clemens: 65.2 percent Scott Rolen: 63.2 percent Curt Schilling: 58.6 percent Todd Helton: 52 percent Alex Rodriguez: 34.3 percent Others: Jeff Kent 32.7, Manny Ramírez 28.9, Omar Vizquel 23.9, Sammy Sosa 18.5, Andy Pettitte 10.7, Scott Rollins 9.4, Bobby Abreu 8.6, Mark Buehrle 5.8, Tori Hunter 5.3, Joe Nathan 4.3.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez does News and Commentary podcasts Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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