David Americo Ortiz Arias (born November 18, 1975), also known as Big Papi, is a Dominican American, who once was the best professional baseball designated hitter and occasional first baseman. He played 20 Major League Baseball (MLB) seasons, primarily with the Boston Red Sox. During his 14 seasons with the Red Sox, he was a ten-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion, and seven-time Silver Slugger winner. He also held the single-season record for home runs with 54, which he set during the 2006 season.
In 1992, he was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners; Ortiz was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 1996, where he played six seasons. Starting from 2003, he spent the remainder of his career with the Red Sox, after being released by the Twins.
Ortiz finished his career with 541 home runs, which ranks 17th on the MLB all-time home run list; 1,768 RBIs (22nd all-time); and a .286 batting average. Among designated hitters, he is the all-time leader in MLB history for runs batted in (RBIs) (1,569), home runs (485), and hits (2,192). Ortiz had 11 career walk-off home runs during the regular season and 2 during the postseason, being recognized as one of the best clutch hitters of all time.
Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the sluggers who helped the Boston Red Sox end an 86-year World Series championship drought and capture another title three years later, were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive in 2003 for performance-enhancing drugs, according to lawyers with knowledge of the results.
The results were supposed to remain anonymous. But for reasons that have never been made clear, the results were not destroyed and the first batch of positives has come to be known among fans and people in baseball as “the list”. Federal agents tried to minimize the in formations investigating the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs to professional athletes.
David Ortiz admitted taking supplements but denied any use of steroids, the tests done demonstrating something else. They were positive in all respects about David’s supplements, but they did not specify what supplements he had taken, with Ortiz trying to allay the truth behind the tests. All that matters now is that his career did not meet a humiliating end at that point.