Ortiz unanimous winner of Outstanding DH Award

Ortiz unanimous winner of Outstanding DH Award
December 10, 2013, 2:15 pm
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- For the seventh time in his career, David Ortiz has been named the winner of the Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award, this time winning the honor unanimously.

The award, which was introduced in 1973, the first year of the DH, and was re-named in honor of Martinez in 2004, is voted on by beat writers, broadcasters
and American League PR departments. Martinez won the award five times in his career.     

Ortiz hit .309 with 30 homers and 103 RBI in 137 games in 2013. He led the Red Sox in batting average, homers, RBI, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, total bases and extra-base hits.     

He ranked third in the majors in slugging percentage and enjoyed his seventh 30-homer, 100-RBI season, tying Ted Williams for the most in team history and made the American League All-Star team for the ninth time.     

Ortiz holds the all-time record for most homers (381) and RBI (1,245) at the DH position.     

Ortiz is the third Red Sox player to win the honor, following Orlando Cepeda (1973), Jim Rice (1977) and Don Baylor (1986).     

Former Red Sox Victor Martinez finished second in the balloting.