The Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins players were one of seven players officially inducted into the hall along with Jill Hodges, Jim Cat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Bud Fowler and Black League major Buck O’Neill. Fowler, Hodges, Minoso, and O’Neill were posthumously entered.
Ortiz, who made the hall on his first ballot after retiring from the Red Sox in 2016, was presented with a standing ovation from the crowd. When he took the stage, he shouted “Babi! Babe! Babe!” erupted from the crowd.
Ortiz is the first hitter named to the hall on his first ballot and the fourth Dominican-born player to join the hall alongside Pedro Martinez, Juan Marechal and Vladimir Guerrero.
Ortiz was recruited on Sunday three years after surviving a gunshot wound to the back in the Dominican Republic. He enjoyed the moment when he spoke to his fans in a speech alternating between English and Spanish.
“Wow! Cooperstown!” Ortiz shouted. … “I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be here today and for giving me the joy of being able to walk this path, this path that has allowed me to be here today and hopefully inspire everyone to believe in yourself.”
Ortiz retired from MLB as the greatest hitter of the Red Sox era that saw the franchise secure its first world championship since 1918. He spent the first six seasons of his career with the Twins, who were released after the 2002 season. He signed with the Red Sox as a free agent of age 27 in 2003 and helped lead them to the world title in 2004.
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That round included the Red Sox’s 0-3 ALCS puncture rally against the New York Yankees, the first and only time in MLB history that a team from such a deficit came together to win a playoff series. Ortiz has been named MVP Series.
The 2004 tournament was the first of three tournaments Ortiz won with the Red Sox, who won the World Series in 2007 and 2013. Ortiz was awarded the World Series MVP in 2013. He made 10 All-Star teams as a member of the Red Sox while winning seven awards Silver Slugger.
He led the Major League in home races with a score of 54 in 2007. He retired with 541 home runs, 1,768 RBI and a career slash of .286/.380/.552 over 20 seasons. His exploits on the field combined with his social personality have made him one of the most respected figures in baseball.
“I always try to live my life in a way that supports others and has a positive impact in the world,” Ortiz said on Sunday. “If my story reminds you of anything, let it remind you that when you believe in someone, you can change their world. You can change their future. Just like so many people who believed in me.”