Ortiz sees himself following in Pedro's footsteps


Ortiz sees himself following in Pedro's footsteps

Pedro Martinez is back. As is Jason Varitek. Those two members of the Red Sox are helping the team as "assistants", and look to remain parts of the organization for a while.

Martinez said he wants to stick around for a long time.

David Ortiz isn't retiring this season or next, but when he does finally decide to hang them up, can he see himself sticking around like so many Red Sox greats have?

"Probably. Probably," Ortiz said. "I mean, I can count myself as a Red Sox for life, you know what I'm saying? I'm always down with helping out and getting the Red Sox better."

But Ortiz will hope to get the Red Sox better at the plate for the next two seasons. Jessica Moran asks him if he feels he'll be able to stay healthy for those two seasons.

"What can I tell you, I keep on working hard," Ortiz said. "I know what it takes for myself to be ready. We are pretty much on the same page. They're not trying to push me or do anything crazy ... But like I said, experience plays a big role in guys like myself. I know what it takes to be ready and to do what I've been doing for years here. If I'm healthy and I'm out there plauying, I know that I'm going to end up putting up numbers. So time is the matter right now.

Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists


Bradley, Betts, Pedroia are A.L. Gold Glove finalists

Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field, Mookie Betts in right and Dustin Pedroia at second base are the Red Sox' finalists for the American League Gold Glove awards.

The Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar and the Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier are the other A.L. center field finalists. The White Sox’ Adam Eaton and Astros’ George Springer are A.L. right field finalists. Joining Pedroia as second base finalists are the Mariners’ Robinson Cano and Tigers’ Ian Kinsler.

Peoria has won four Gold Gloves. Bradley and Betts have yet to win one.

The full list of finalists is here.  The awards will be presented on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. on ESPN

The Red Sox sent out a series of tweets backing each player’s candidacy.

Betts is also a front-runner for the American League Most Valuable Player.


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.