Monday, April 11, 2016

2003 Topps Traded #T52: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, DH-1B

     David Ortiz signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox at the start of 2003 after being released by the Twins a month prior.  Ortiz was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners in 1992, but was traded to the Twins near the end of the 1996 season where Ortiz spent his first 6 MLB seasons.  With the Red Sox in 2003, Ortiz saw more playing time than he ever had in his career up to that point.  He broke the 100 RBI mark for the first time, hitting 31 HR's and 39 Doubles in 448 AB's.  Ortiz made it to the playoffs for the second consecutive season in 2003 after losing with the Twins against the Angels in 5 games during the 2002 ALCS.  This time Ortiz would lose as a Red Sox against the Yankees, but not hitting his first 2 postseason HR's with 4 Runs and 6 RBI in the 7-game ALCS.  He is set to retire with the Red Sox after the 2016 season.

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