Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, after hitting his 500th career home run in his age 39 season, has decided to call it quits, electing to retire after the 2016 baseball season.
“Every single one of us, athletes-wise, we run out of time at some point,” said Ortiz on The Player’s Tribune, a website owned by former shortstop Derek Jeter. “Life is based on different chapters and I think I’m ready to experience the next one in my life.”
Ortiz is considered one of the greatest and most clutch hitters in Red Sox history. Ortiz was an integral member of the 2004, 2007, and 2013 Red Sox World Series Championships, especially in 2013 when Ortiz hit two key home runs and batted .688 in the World Series.
As Ortiz plans his final season in Major League Baseball, here are some of Ortiz’s greatest moments in baseball.
July 26, 2003: Ortiz’s first walk off hit