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David Ortiz hits career homer No. 400

Jul 4, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

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David Ortiz became the 49th player in big-league history to reach 400 homers when he took Oakland’s A.J. Griffin deep in the fourth inning Wednesday.

It was Ortiz’s 22nd homer of 2012, putting him into a tie for fifth place in the American League. The 36-year-old will be the AL’s starting DH in next week’s All-Star Game.

Ortiz’s Hall of Fame chances appeared next to nil a couple of years ago, but his big resurgence has put him back into the discussion. He has a chance at 500 career homers, and he turned in an outstanding five-year peak from 2003-07 in which he finished in the top-five in the AL MVP balloting every year. He also helped lead the Red Sox to World Series championships in that span.

Of course, there is the steroid taint, even if the only thing that ties him to it is that a couple of lawyers reportedly said his name was on the “anonymous list” of players testing positive in 2003.

Regardless, Ortiz is on pace for a historic season. He’s on pace to become the fifth different player in major league history to hit at least .300 with 40 homers and 100 RBI at 36 or older. Babe Ruth did it twice, Hank Aaron once, Andres Galarraga twice and Barry Bonds three times.

  1. titknocker - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Congrats Big Papi….Next stop Cooperstown!!

    • mybrunoblog - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:57 PM

      Cooperstown doors will likely be locked for the PED crowd. That’s just the way it is.

    • dexterismyhero - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      no way he goes to Cooperstown, unless he wants an autograph from Pete Rose.

  2. raysfan1 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Cue the PED rants in 3-2-1…

  3. randygnyc - Jul 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM


    • drewzducks - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:51 PM


  4. randygnyc - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    As quoted 2 hours before hitting this home run in, the USA Today.
    “If you go crazy and give contracts to whoever comes along despite not knowing how they’re going to do, then you don’t give me my due consideration even though I do my thing every year, (screw) that,” Ortiz said.

    “I’m going to be open to anything. My mentality is not going to be, ‘I like it here.’ It’s going to be, ‘Bring it to the table and we’ll see what happens.”’

    Red Sox fans- get a good look at Papi, while you can.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Considering that pretty much every other AL team is going out of its way to avoid signing true DHs, who is outbidding the Red Sox for Ortiz? Obviously, he’s unhappy about being on a one-year deal, but it’s not like there was more money out there for him.

      Maybe the Rangers would spend big for Ortiz if they lose Hamilton, but that still seems like a long shot. Who else is going to ante up? Your Yankees?

      • badintent - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:14 AM

        Blue Jays ! Big up grade over Arron Hill, his bat collapsed after he stopped taking PEDs. Just don’t throw at the seagulls , Papi, the animal police are everywhere in Canada, you can cheapshot smash someone in the head playing hockey but don’t hurt the little birdie shi*tting on your head.; Just ask Dave Winfield about his arrest.

  5. joelwrobinson - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Who cares. Go A’s! Swwweeeeeeeppp

  6. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:38 PM


  7. hcf95688 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Nice swing in a losing effort.

    How SWEEP it is to be a fan of these new Swingin’ A’s!

  8. watchfullhose - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM


  9. philliesblow - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    400 HR trivia: Al Kaline finished his career with 399 HR and 3,007 hits. In June 1958 he hit a HR that did not count when the game was rained out after 3 1/2 innings. If that HR would have counted, he would have been the first American League player to have both 400 HR and 3,000 hits in his career.

  10. dirtyharry1971 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    i feel he is the biggest cheat in the history of the game, just look at his numbers with the twins, i mean something was never right with this guy’s career

  11. sawxalicious - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    It’s been reported that when Ortiz was with the Twins, he was heavily “encouraged” to be a line-drive opposite field slap hitter, something we all now know is the opposite of his offensive game. When he got to Boston, they let him hit the way he felt naturally comfortable. I’m not trying to be a steroids apologist, because I truly don’t know if he used and to what extent it might have affected his abilities. That being said, I think the different environment and coaching staff is mostly responsible for Big Papi becoming the slugger he is today.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      you dont know if he used? He failed a drug test so there is no question on what the secret to his sucess is

  12. badintent - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    Check the video tape ! Call Billy Bellicheck for the tape. or the NFL.

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