Looking past numbers in the Ortiz HOF debate

Looking past numbers in the Ortiz HOF debate
July 16, 2013, 9:00 am
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Is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?

It’s a debate that has picked up steam in recent years, as he climbs up the record books – and biological ladder. There are many cases for and against Ortiz being enshrined in Cooperstown, and his candidacy was discussed on Monday’s installment of The Show on CSNNE.

“We get too bogged down in the stat comparisons,” said Chris Gasper, who made the case for Ortiz going to the Hall. “Tell me some of the anecdotal stuff, was he a feared guy? Was he a guy people respected? And I think Ortiz fits into that.”

The problem with Ortiz – aside from his positive PED test in 2003 – is the fact he was a designated hitter, a position where players only hit, and don’t play the field. The voters have shown their bias against the position, with not a single full-time designated hitter in the Hall of Fame. Marc Bertrand is among those who don’t see legitimacy in the position, and give his reason why he’s still hesitant to put Big Papi in Cooperstown.

“I say you’ve gotta do it for a few extra years because you never played the field, and didn’t have that wear and tear on your body,” said Bertrand. “So you simply make up for it by playing a little bit longer.”

Ortiz has played 1,567 of his 1,909 career games as a DH, picking up 1,691 hits, 370 home runs, 1,209 RBI, scored 1,042 runs while batting .289 with a .943 OPS.