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Ortiz says he'll keep producing, chasing Edgar

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08:15 AM ET 09.08 | Baseball America proclaimed recently that David Ortiz is having the greatest season ever by a DH who is at least 35-years-old. The web site used Ortiz's OPS+ of 165 -- the relative measure of his OPS to the rest of the league -- to judge his 2011 season slightly better than Edgar Martinez' 2001, when the former Seattle Mariners star hit .322 with 29 homers and 102 RBI for an OPS+ of 160 at 38. ... Ortiz is only 35, but seeing what Martinez did when he was three and four years older got us thinking. Is there any reason Ortiz couldn't maintain Martinez-like production into his late 30s? And if so, how valuable does that make him to the Sox going forward? "As long as I'm healthy, I can do it," Ortiz said with a shrug while walking to the batting cages at the Rogers Centre.

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September 8, 2011  08:17 AM ET

Keep chasing, ain't gonna happen, but keep chasin'

September 8, 2011  08:24 AM ET
QUOTE:

He's only 35....

Amazing huh?

September 8, 2011  08:30 AM ET
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He's young.....if he was an insurance salesman.

He might need insurance soon.

September 8, 2011  08:35 AM ET

This guy is a sure 11th ballot HoFer!

September 8, 2011  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This guy is a sure 11th ballot HoFer!

He's what Adam Dunn was suppose to be.

September 8, 2011  08:40 AM ET

Edgar wasn't a big lumbering lug like Papi.
Ortiz is great and I hope he keeps going strong, but I think his body type will work against him...I'm surprised he's doing so well this year, to be honest.

September 8, 2011  08:40 AM ET

Isn't he Dominican? That means he's probably closer to 40... which is all that much more impressive.

September 8, 2011  08:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He's what Adam Dunn was suppose to be.

eh, Dunn jabs aren't even worth the typing

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September 8, 2011  08:59 AM ET

They're jumping the gun, Papi's season isn't over yet...he'll have a number of games trying to hit the ball into a stiff, cold Fenway wind while wearing long johns and a stocking cap under his batting helmet. Not good for the OPS+ at all.

September 8, 2011  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Are you kidding?

No...Martinez wasn't nearly as big as Papi, and didn't put on a lot of weight when he got older. He certainly wasn't fast, maybe as slow as Papi, but he wasn't built in the Papi/Big Hurt/Adam Dunn/Frank Howard/Boog Powell mold.

September 8, 2011  09:06 AM ET

Too bad Big Papi has never played real baseball. He has never played in the NL. Has he?

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September 8, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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OK, I agree that Edgar wasn't as big (tall) as Papi, but he might be the slowest man to ever play in MLB.

he sure was slow, that's for sure. he was kind of squat, low to the ground compared to the guys listed a few comments above.

September 8, 2011  09:12 AM ET
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Big Hurt

you should check out his new statue at US Cellular. should be a first ballot HoFer in 2013 if my math is correct.

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September 8, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

This guy is a sure 11th ballot HoFer!

Not a big fan of DH's making the HOF. Put a glove on Ortiz, make him play defense for 9 innings 150+ games a season and he's a sub par ballplayer.

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