David Ortiz was inducted into the Cooperstown Major League Hall of Fame, becoming the fourth Dominican to achieve this distinction.
The powerful designated hitter for the Boston Red Sox beat out candidates like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens who in the votes released Monday reached 77.5 and 76.4 respectively.
Big Papi achieved this recognition in his first year on the list of eligible for immortality, thanks to the majority of the votes of the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA, for its acronym in English).
After 20 years of career, David Ortiz retired in 2016 with a batting average of .286, 2,472 hits, including 541 home runs and 632 doubles; 1,768 RBIs, .380 OBP, .552 Slugging and .931 OPS.
With the Red Sox he managed to win three World Series, in addition to being selected to the All-Star Game 10 times. He won 7 Silver Sluggers as a DH, drove in 100 or more runs in 10 seasons and in 10 campaigns he exceeded 30 home runs, 3 times 40 home runs and on one occasion he hit over 50 home runs.
As a designated hitter he holds the Major League record for most home runs (485) and RBIs (1,569) lifetime.
In 2006 Big Papi became the hitter with the most home runs in a season with 47.
In addition to David Ortiz, Vladimir Guerrero in 2018, Pedro Martínez in 2015 and Juan Marichal in 1983 were inducted into the Cooperstown Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.