David Ortiz won’t go on a retirement tour like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera


2013 was the Year of the Retiring Mariano Rivera. 2014 has been the Year of the Retiring Derek Jeter. Both players were honored as they made their final trips to various cities and received plenty of plaudits and going-away presents. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who is 38 years old and worn down, isn’t interested in putting a specific date on his retirement nor going on a retirement tour the way Rivera and Jeter have.

From ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald:

“What Derek Jeter is doing is fine because he’s Derek Jeter. What Mariano did is fine because it’s Mariano. But I don’t know if I’m going to go through all that. I’m not going to wake up and be like, ‘I’m going to play this year and then not anymore.’ To me, it’s going to be how things go through the season and how I feel and then I’m going to be like, ‘Mama, it’s over.’ I’m going to let her know,” Ortiz said with a big smile and laugh.

Though his numbers aren’t quite as good as those he compiled last season, when the Red Sox won it all, Ortiz has otherwise had another fantastic year. He has slugged 32 home runs, knocked in 98 runs, and put together a .263/.359/.515 slash line. With two more RBI, Ortiz will become one of only six players since 1901 to hit at least 30 home runs and knock in at least 100 runs at the age of 38 or older. The current list:

Player Year HR RBI Age Tm
Frank Thomas 2006 39 114 38 OAK
Barry Bonds 2004 45 101 39 SFG
Rafael Palmeiro 2003 38 112 38 TEX
Fred McGriff 2002 30 103 38 CHC
Babe Ruth 1933 34 104 38 NYY
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O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.