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David Ortiz looks to return too late

Aug 20, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

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The Sox offense was not the problem for most of the season, but it definitely took a downward turn when David Ortiz went out with an achilles injury in mid July.  It’s too late to save the season now, but Ortiz is finally coming back from this week.

Ortiz tells Sean McAdam of CSNNewEngland.com that he won’t play Tuesday, but:

But I’m finally feeling better. Hopefully before (the team leaves for its Aug. 26 road trip). We’ll see how it goes once I start running. Hopefully (on the homestand). If things continue the way they are, yeah.”

Ortiz is hitting .316/.414/.609 with 23 home runs in just 89 games on the season.  It’s doubtful the season could have been salvaged if he had been here all month, but it’s pretty much sunk now regardless.

  1. bigleagues - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    Aside from the most dynamic offensive player of the year (Trout) – David Ortiz was the next best offensive player in the AL this season until that Achilles injury.

    And despite the fact he’ll be 37 next year, I have no doubt that he’ll be a monster at the plate again. The problem is – he’s at that age where crappy little injuries like Achilles strains just sort of happen.

    • uyf1950 - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM

      Again I hate to keep repeating this but Miguel Cabrera is right up there and he plays both offense and defense. I don’t see how anyone can compare a one way player with someone that plays both ways. Just my opinion

      • bigleagues - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        I’m not sure where Miguel Cabrera enters into the conversation. When Ortiz went down, Miggy was well behind Ortiz’ production at the plate.

        As for playing defense. There are some that would argue that Miggy doesn’t do much of that at 3B. I don’t think he is as bad at the corner as some do.

        Having said that, I have long tired of the lack of respect and recognition that DH’s receive in the context of the team concept.

        Somehow all-bat/no-glove players and Closers are acceptable and qualified for MVP trophies and legit HOF candidates – but immense Offensive talents like David Ortiz and Edgar Martinez who dominated opposing pitching for most of their long careers are somehow ‘player non grata’.

        Interesting that that line of illogic didn’t apply to Paul Molitor who spent more time at DH in his career than any other single position that he played. He also had a higher OPS than any other position that he played (other than 1B, which he played just 196 total games at).

        In fact from a sabermetric perspective, Molitor was, at best, an average defender at some positions and well below average at others.

  2. redguy12588 - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    Craig, I love your site and your coverage, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop writing every other article about the Yankees and Red Sox. We have ESPN for that. I’m not even sure that fans of those teams can read.

    • snowbirdgothic - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:39 AM

      Wait a minute. I thought every other article was Craig baiting Phillies fans.

      • redguy12588 - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM

        half of the articles are baiting the phillies fans, half are Bankees Sawx

      • snowbirdgothic - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

        Ah. Must have hallucinated all that stuff on the Pirates, then.

      • redguy12588 - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        2 Pirates articles in the past week is not a lot. They probably do a dozen articles a day, times 7 days a week, so there should be 2.8 articles a week about the Pirates. They’re below the mean!

      • screename529 - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

        Bankees. Good one.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      I get this a lot from fans of a lot of teams. The simple fact, however, is that blogging is a largely reactive medium. A lot of what we do is to aggregate and respond to what is going on in baseball media. And it’s a simple fact that there are tons more people and outlets covering the larger market teams than are covering the Pirates, for example.

      • redguy12588 - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

        I’m not saying that you hate the Pirates, I enjoy reading articles about other teams, I understand that it’s a business and page hits = $$$ which equals windows for your basement and food for your cat. I guess I’m more complaining about the outlets that think it’s important news to hear that Bobby Valentine isn’t in Ortiz’s favorites in his cell phone or that the Yankees want to buy XXX player from $YYYM

      • Francisco (FC) - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM

        I understand that it’s a business and page hits = $$$ which equals windows for your basement and food for your cat.

        ROFL! I don’t know why but this line just tickled my funny bone.

      • jolink653 - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:06 PM

        lol yeah that is pretty funny…what random things to pick for what $$$ could equal

  3. hittfamily - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    I can do both. The Red Sox and Phillies are wealthy, and shitty. The Yankees are old, and will soon be joining them.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 20, 2012 at 9:55 AM

      You’ve probably been telling yourself that since ’96.

      • bbil2012 - Aug 20, 2012 at 1:46 PM

        1996? Isn’t that the year you became a baseball fan?

    • hittfamily - Aug 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      This was supposed to be in response to “Craig, I love your site and your coverage, but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stop writing every other article about the Yankees and Red Sox. We have ESPN for that. I’m not even sure that fans of those teams can read.”

      WordPress pulled a Bobby V and fucked up the batting order.

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