From The Press Box
David “Big Papi”Ortíz was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York during his first year of eligibility today. He received 77.9 percent of the vote by the BBWAA. He becomes the fourth player born in the Dominican Republic to make it to Cooperstown, the others are Juan Marichal, Pedro Martínez and Vladimir Guerrero. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, on their 10th and final year of eligibility simply ran out of time.
David Ortíz (only player to be elected) played for 20 years, mostly as a designed hitter, an iconic player for the Boston Red Sox and one of their most popular players ever. During his career “Big Papi” hit 541 home runs and was selected to 10 All Star Games. Considered one of the best clutch hitters in postseason history.
A player must get to 75% to be elected. Here is the final voting.
- David Ortiz: 77.9 percent (Elected)
- Barry Bonds: 66 percent
- Roger Clemens: 65.2 percent
- Scott Rolen: 63.2 percent
- Curt Schilling: 58.6 percent
- Todd Helton: 52 percent
- Alex Rodriguez: 34.3 percen
Others: Jeff Kent 32.7, Manny Ramírez 28.9, Omar Vizquel 23.9, Sammy Sosa 18.5, Andy Pettitte 10.7, Scott Rollins 9.4, Bobby Abreu 8.6, Mark Buehrle 5.8, Tori Hunter 5.3, Joe Nathan 4.3.