WATCH: Highlights from David Ortiz’s Hall of Fame speech in Cooperstown
July 25th, 2022
COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK - JULY 24: Inductee David Ortiz speaks during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Clark Sports Center at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 24, 2022 in Cooperstown, New York.
Red Sox legend David Ortiz was inducted into the Hall of Fame Sunday. Big Papi finished his career with 10 All-Star appearances, 541 home runs, three World Series rings and a World Series MVP award from 2013, so it’s certainly a much-deserved honor.
Joining Ortiz in the 2022 Hall of Fame class is Buck O’Neil, Gil Hodges, Tony Oliva, Minnie Minoso, Bud Fowler and Jim Kaat.
A larger-than-life personality such as Ortiz always finds a way to capture the hearts of those he’s talking to, and that was true yet again in his Hall of Fame speech.
Now that Ortiz is in, Red Sox fans don’t have another surefire player that is bound for Hall of Fame induction. Manny Ramirez is the closest at the current moment of recently retired players, but he logged in 28.9 percent of votes this year, where eligibility requires 75 percent. Ramirez has four years remaining on the ballot, but those odds look slim with a vote percentage worse than his career batting average (.312).
PEDs hold Ramirez out of the Hall of Fame, as he had a better statistical career than Ortiz, but was suspended twice for using them in his playing career.