Report: David Ortiz will retire after 2016 season

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com 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.