Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz homered twice in his team's 14-1 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on July 21 to move up to 36th all-time in home runs, surpassing Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski.
Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is now 36th all-time in home runs in Major League Baseball history.
MLB.com's Jamie Ross reported on July 21 that Ortiz's two home runs in a 14-1 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays were enough to surpass Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski:
"David Ortiz has long been known as one of baseball's premier power hitters, and on Monday night, the Red Sox slugger continued to climb through the ranks in the game's record books.
"For a moment in the fourth inning -- after he cracked his 452nd career homer to deep center field off Blue Jays reliever Brad Mills -- Ortiz stood with Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski at No. 36 on the all-time home run list.
"Then in the fifth, he broke a tie with Yastrzemski as he went deep for a second time, his team-high 22nd of the season to right field to give Boston a 13-1 lead. It was his third multi-homer game of the season and 44th of his career.
"'We're getting good offensive approaches over the past 10 games or so,' said Red Sox manager John Farell. '...There's been good energy throughout and when David is doing what he's capable of, it's the hub of what our offensive is.'
"Big Papi offered only one postgame comment as he brushed past reporters following the Red Sox's 14-1 victory over the Blue Jays in the series opener.
"'I'm going to Jamaica,' Ortiz said, a reference to comments he made over the weekend and his plans to 'get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August.'
"For his teammates, Ortiz's successes come as no surprise. Mike Napoli, who hit back-to-back home runs with Ortiz in the fifth, said the hard-hitting designated hitter is Hall of Fame material.
"'I get a good view of it,' said Napoli, who hits behind Ortiz in the batting order. 'If he plays enough, I think he will (hit 500 homers).'
"With 35 career homers at Rogers Centre, Ortiz trails only Alex Rodriguez for the most in Toronto as a visitor (36).
"Ortiz has at least 20 homers in 13 seasons, spanning 2002-14, making him the only Major Leaguer to accomplish the feat."
With Ortiz's latest achievement, Boston.com's Bill Speros asks Red Sox fans to choose between Ortiz and Yastrzmski:
"So, Red Sox Nation, who do you like?
"The all-around great left fielder (and eventual first baseman/DH) who led the Red Sox resurgence in their 1967 Impossible Dream with a Triple Crown performance?
"Or the big time, power-hitting DH (and occasional first baseman) and all-time clutch superstar who hit .688 in the World Series to cap off Boston's Improbable Dream 2013 championship season?
"Nicotine or an undisciplined PED from a 2003 pilot-testing program before such PEDs were illegal in baseball?
"No. 8 or No. 34....
"....Of course, Ortiz has the edge with the three World Series titles, and in not popping up to end the 1978 (New York) Yankees-Red Sox playoff game -- or meekly flying out to center to end the 1975 World Series. But Yaz and the second-place (after Game 163) 1978 Red Sox won 99 games -- which was more than their 2004, 2007 or 2013 counterparts.
"The decision is yours, Boston.
The 38-year-old Ortiz has amassed 2,112 hits, 453 home runs and 1,497 RBIs on a .285 batting average in 2,065 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.