David Ortiz, who has been nicknamed Big Papi, is a Dominican-American retired professional baseball DH (Designated Hitter) and the first baseman that played for 20 Major League Baseball seasons with Boston Red Sox. Also, he has also played for Minnesota Twins. During the 14 seasons with Red Sox, he was able to appear for ten times in All-Star and three times World Series champion. Keep on reading to learn more on the net worth and earnings of David Ortiz in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Ortiz was born in the year 1975 on November 18th in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He is the eldest of the four children that were born to Enrique Ortiz and Angela Rosa. When he was a young boy, he decided to follow his career as the standout pitcher by the name Ramon Martinez and the younger brother, Pedro.
He always attended games whenever he would and he build a strong relationship with Pedro. He schooled at the Estudia Espaillat High School in the Dominican Republic and was able to stand out both as a baseball and a basketball player there.
Ortiz has been nicknamed ‘Big Papi,’ and it originates from the habit he has of calling people whose name he can’t remember. The nickname he was given was by Jerry Remy. He got married to Tiffany, and this couple has been blessed with three children. Since they got married, he has become a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.
In the year 2013, Ortiz announced that he and the wife were separating but they later would reconcile. He has his main residence in Weston, in Massachusetts. In the year 2008, that was when he became the citizen of the United States of America.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Ortiz got signed by Seattle Mariners in the year 1992 on 28th November. In the year 1994, that was when he made his professional debut for this team, and two years later, he got to be traded for Minnesota Twins. This happened in exchange for another player. He got to play for Minnesota Twins, and this happened in the year 1997 and the year 2002. This team felt that it was much easier to be able to release him instead of having to negotiate for new terms of the contract. Instead, they chose to replace him with a player known as Jose Morban.
His biggest worry was becoming jobless, and this was cut sooner than expected. Ortiz was able to sign a non-guarantee free agent with Red Sox in the year 2002. For the first few months, David rarely got a chance to play. This would later change after Shea Hillenbrand got to be traded to Arizona Diamondbacks and Giambi was put to the bench. That was how he became a daily Designated Hitter. He was able to sign a contract extension for four years with Red Sow in the year 2006. Ortiz biggest achievement was being named All-Star for a record ten times.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of David Ortiz is estimated to be over $60 million. This wealth has been generated from his career as a baseball player. The contract that he had signed with Red Sox was estimated to be over $1.25 million. In the year 2004, his annual salary was estimated to be over $4.6 million and in May of the same year that was when he signed a contract that was estimated to be over $12.5 million.
David Ortiz is a retired professional baseball player. The position which he was playing in was Designated Hitter. Ortiz has been part of the team member of the Seattle Mariners in Minnesota Twins and the famous Boston Red Sox.