, David Ortiz is heading into the Hall of Fame this weekend. How does he compare to other Boston legends?,
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David Ortiz will be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York on Sunday.
“Big Papi” was elected in his first year of eligibility and will forever be known as one of the greatest hitters to ever play the game — but was he the best to ever wear a Boston uniform?
Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski thinks he’s in the conversation.
“He was one hell of a hitter, you know?” Carl Yastrzemski told the Boston Globe this week. “One of the best hitters the Red Sox ever had. Probably the only guy that was a better hitter was Ted (Williams).”
“This is a great honor for David,” Yastrzemski added. “I remember when we first got him, you kind of had doubts those first couple of months, but he turned around quick and became one hell of a hitter. I think Ted would be very happy for him because he’s done so much for the Red Sox. I know I am.”
So, how does Ortiz compare to Yastrzemski and Williams? Here is a breakdown of a few select numbers from each Hall of Famer:
Years played: 20Games: 2,408Batting average: .286On-base percentage: .380Slugging percentage: .552Plate appearances: 10,091Hits: 2,472Doubles: 632Triples: 19Home runs: 541RBIs: 1,768Awards: 10-time All-Star, 7-time Silver Slugger, 3-time World Series champion, World Series MVP
Years played: 23Games: 3,308Batting average: .285On-base percentage: .379Slugging percentage: .462Plate appearances: 13,992Hits: 3,419Doubles: 646Triples: 59Home runs: 452RBIs: 1,844Awards: 18-time All-Star, 7-time Gold Glove, American League MVP, Triple Crown and 3,000-hit club
Years played: 19Games: 2,292Batting average: .344On-base percentage: .482Slugging percentage: .634Plate appearances: 9,792Hits: 2,654Doubles: 525Triples: 71Home runs: 521RBIs: 1,839Awards: 19-time All-Star, 2-time AL MVP, 6-time batting champion, 2-time Triple Crown winner
The numbers don’t always tell the entire story. But in the case of these three Red Sox, they told individual stories that will stand the test of time.
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