David Ortiz discusses decision to retire after 2016 season
David Ortiz addressed for the first time since he announced he would retire following the conclusion of the 2015 Major League Baseball season his decision to hang it up after what will be an amazing 20-year career.
The 40-year-old Boston Red Sox slugger answered questions about his impending retirement at his eighth annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
“It’s a process and not a decision you make from day to night,” Ortiz said, via the Boston Herald. “I had an (Achilles) injury in 2012, and since that injury, it’s you getting older, you having to do things differently so you can continue playing. I had the opportunity to continue playing all the games that I played after that because I prepared myself. Through that preparation, you start viewing things from a different perspective. That was my case.”
Ortiz chose the occasion of his 40th birthday on Nov. 18 to announce his plans to retire, doing so via a video posted on The Players’ Tribune website.
“I thought a lot about it,” Ortiz said in part during a two-minute, 26-second video. “Every single one of us, athletes-wise, we run out of time at some point. Life is based on different chapters and I think I’m ready to experience the next one in my life.”
Ortiz reaffirmed his perspective on calling it quits in additional comments from his charity golf tournament when he was asked if has any regrets over the decision.
“Not really. I pretty much was thinking about it for a while, and I had the opportunity to take my time to do it, and once you take your time, I think there’s no regrets,” he said via MLB.com.
Projections indicate that Ortiz is primed to go out with his head held high and good numbers at the plate, with Baseball Reference predicting Big Papi to put up a triple-slash of .265/.349./.513 while hitting 30 home runs and knocking in 91 RBI. While those stats are slightly below Ortiz’s career averages, it wouldn’t be a bad way to call it a career.