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Fan’s perspective: Should the Boston Red Sox trade David Ortiz?
One Boston Red Sox player who should certainly not be traded is David Ortiz(notes). Although fans of the organization should not lose sleep over the thought that the current starting designated hitter may be traded, it cannot be emphasized enough that Theo Epstein should not trade the seven-time All-Star.
Here are five reasons why Epstein would make a tremendous mistake if Ortiz is sent packing before the trade deadline.
Statistics are current as of July 28, 2011.
The 2011 MLB season has been a great season for Ortiz
Although some current baseball fans may not have believed that the 2005 Hank Aaron Award winner was going to have a successful 2011 season, Ortiz has surprised many fans by being one of the most effective hitters on the team. Currently, the 2010 Home Run Derby winner has a .305 batting average and 20 home runs.
"Big Papi" is a fan favorite and his stardom helps sell tickets
Known for his comical antics and for being an overall funny individual, Ortiz has been a fan favorite since he joined the organization in 2003. If Epstein decides to trade the popular player, then many fans will probably be upset and may decide to not attend future games at Fenway Park.
Can still positively influence the outcome of the game
As was demonstrated on July 27, 2011, the four-time Silver Slugger Award winner still has a powerful bat and can hit grand slams. Although the current team is better than the New York Yankees even without Ortiz, the famous slugger should remain a member of the organization as he has great playoff experience and is a talented hitter.
Ortiz has helped the Red Sox win two World Series
Along with Manny Ramirez(notes) and Curt Schilling, Ortiz was a pivotal member of two Red Sox teams that won the World Series. With the help of the Dominican Republic slugger, the team won the World Series in 2004 and 2007 and could possibly win again in 2011.
The seven-time All-Star is one of the best designated hitters in the league
Another reason why Epstein would make a terrible mistake if Ortiz is traded is that the former American League Championship Series MVP is arguably the greatest designated hitter in baseball. Although Victor Martinez(notes) and Billy Butler(notes) are having great seasons, the current starting Red Sox designated hitter has more home runs and RBIs than any other designated hitter in the league.
Born in Weston, Massachusetts, Tom Harrington has been one of the most faithful fans of the Boston Red Sox. Although he briefly lived in New Jersey and Vermont, Tom was raised as a member of the Red Sox Nation and has been to many games within the past couple of years.
"Big Papi's slam helps Red Sox roll past Royals," Yahoo! Sports.
The Sports Xchange, "Ortiz joins Red Sox's exclusive 1,000-RBI club," Yahoo! Sports.
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