David Ortiz has become a qualified person from this National Baseball Hall of Fame vote. The man announced on November 18, 2015, on his 40th birthday that the following 2016 season will be his last year of active duty. And in 2016, he has a batting average of .315, 38 home runs, 127 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.021, which is a wonderful result that I can’t think of as a retired player. It may be difficult, or even impossible, to outperform Ortiz in the active last year. Ortiz looks back on the thoughts he put into his last year and his feelings at that time.
Ortiz recorded 48 doubles, 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 87 extra-base hits in 2016, which is the highest number of active last-year players in history. Also, OPS 1.021 was the league’s top number of the year. In addition, according to the data site “Baseball Reference”, the offensive WAR (5.1), OPS + (164), and number of baseball hits (333) recorded this year were also the highest ever for a player the year before retirement (legendary name). Batter, Shoeless Joe Jackson, has left a number higher than Ortiz in these three divisions in the active last year, but is excluded because it is a permanent retirement due to the “Black Sox Scandal”).
In a telephone interview on the official Major League Baseball website, Ortiz commented, “I don’t think anyone will retire after making such a record.” But he didn’t hesitate. “It was no good. I ran out of gas,” Ortiz said. It is said that the biggest reason for deciding to retire from active duty only in 2016 was the pain in the Achilles tendon, which had been suffering since July 2012. “To be honest, I was more careful about my physical condition during that season than usual. I still had pain in my Achilles tendon. The other parts were healthy,” he recalled.
He also said that the number of players of his own child-age age began to increase around him, which helped him decide to retire. “I hit a double in Seattle in 2015. The pitchers changed and new pitchers came out, but when I saw the infielders gathering around the pitchers, they were all 21-year-old and 22-year-old players. The situation was similar in Tampa Bay and Houston, so I thought, “Let’s finish next year,” Ortiz said.
“I did my best that year,” said Ortiz, looking back on his last year. Many regret that they have done it yet, but at least Ortiz himself does not seem to regret having retired in 2016 at all.