Report: David Ortiz will retire after 2016 season


Ken Rosenthal of reports that Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will retire at the end of the 2016 season.

Ortiz has one season and $16 million remaining on his contract, although the Red Sox also hold a team option for 2017.

Ortiz got off to a rough start this year, at which point many people started wondering if he was done being an elite hitter at age 39, but those debates are a distant memory after he hit .296 with 31 homers, 28 doubles, and a 1.017 OPS in 101 games from June 1 through the end of the season.

His final numbers were right in line with the rest of his great career, including a .273 batting average, 37 homers, 37 doubles, 77 walks, and a .913 OPS in 146 games. Ortiz also joined the 500-homer club late in the season.

There will be plenty of time for Ortiz to change his mind but today at least–one day before his 40th birthday–the nine-time All-Star is planning to call it a career after one more season in Boston.

MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.