Ortiz to retire after 2016 season


Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz will retire at the end of the 2016 season.

Ortiz confirmed his intention to retire as he turned 40 on Wednesday.

And, in a video for The Player's Tribune, Ortiz said: "Life is based on different chapters and I think I'm ready to experience the next one in my life

A nine-time All-Star, Ortiz has a career batting average of .284 with 2,303 hits, 1,641 RBIs and 503 home runs.

Ortiz has spent 13 seasons with the Red Sox, primarily as a designated hitter, after six injury-riddled campaigns with the Minnesota Twins and has won three World Series with Boston.

"I would like people to remember me as a guy that was just part of the family," Ortiz added. "It's not just based on putting up numbers. This is our second family."

Now debates will rage over Ortiz's Hall of Fame resume. His numbers are hard to argue against, but a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, paired with the voters' reluctance to induct designated hitters, may damage his hopes.

Regardless, Ortiz should enjoy his farewell tour and gaggle of parting gifts surely coming his way throughout 2016. He urged fans to "enjoy next season."

He said: "I'm really proud of what I accomplished through the years and thankful for fans that supported me through my career. I wish I could play another 40 years."