After his three-run shot in last night’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, David Ortiz became just the 53rd player in Major League Baseball history with at least 1,500 career-RBI.
His 1,501 RBI puts him fourth among “active players,” a list that includes Alex Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, hence the quotation marks. Albert Pujols is the only real active player ahead of Papi, who now sits just eight behind Mickey Mantle who has 1,509.
Boston picked up Ortiz after his unsuccessful tenure with the Minnesota Twins, and few imagined he would have the impact he has had not just on the club, but on the city of Boston as well. During his time with the Red Sox, Big Papi is fourth on the club’s all-time RBI list with 1,263. It’s not like this is a list of say Texas Rangers, or Houston Astros, but rather a list of players that all have Cooperstown-or-bust resumes. He trails only Dwight Evans (or bust category), Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski, and a guy named Ted Williams for RBI with the Red Sox. (Side note, Yaz leads the club in RBI, but come on, it’s Ted Williams).
What is crazy is that by the time Ortiz finishes his career in Boston, he should only trail Yaz and Williams in this category, not something anyone was thinking about back in 2003. Not sure anyone was thinking about that even in 2009.
This is another notch on Ortiz’s belt in what has been an impressive 11-year stretch that has had its fair share of critics. Papi looks like he will continue to drive in runs until he is 40 and we will be writing about more of his career-triumphs over the next few seasons.