Retired slugger David Ortiz announced on Tuesday that he will publish a memoir on May 16, 2017 though Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The book is appropriately titled Papi: My Story.
Ortiz, 41, retired after putting up one of the best seasons of his career and one of the best final seasons any player has ever had. He hit .315/.401/.620 with 38 home runs and 127 RBI in 626 plate appearances. He led the major leagues in slugging percentage, OPS (1.021), and doubles (48). He led the American League in RBI. Over parts of 20 seasons, 14 of which were spent with the Red Sox, Ortiz hit 541 home runs, made the All-Star team 10 times, and helped the Red Sox win the World Series three times.
Along with becoming one of baseball’s most feared power hitters, Ortiz became an icon and one of the best recognizable faces within the sport.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.