David Ortiz is a Dominican-American former professional baseball hitter. He has the nickname “Big Papi” given by Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy. He is also the first baseman who had played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball playing mostly with Boston Red Sox. However, he started his professional baseball by signing with the Seattle Mariners in 1992.
However, he was later traded to the Minnesota Twins on 13 September 1996 and played till 2002. Further, he retired with the uniform number 34 with the Red Sox. During his time with Red Sox, he earned ten-time All-Star, a seven-time Silver Slugger winner, and a three-time World Series champion. Additionally, in 2022, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Caption: The retired Baseball player, David Ortiz.
Source: CBS Sports
David Ortiz: Bio, Family, & Career
The professional baseball player was born on 18 November 1975 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was born as the son, David Américo Ortiz Arias, of his parents Enrique Ortiz and Angela Rosa Arias under the zodiac sign, Scorpio. Further, he has three younger brothers including the former pro-baseball player Pedro Jamie Martinez and Albania Ortiz. He holds the nationality of the Dominican Republic and belongs to the native ethnic group.
Regarding his education, he completed his high school at Estudia Espaillat High School in the Dominican Republic. During this time, he started to play baseball and basketball. After that, he moved to the USA at the age of 17, and then the Seattle Mariners signed him in November 1992 listed under the name David Arias. In 1994, he made his professional debut for the Mariners in the Arizona League.
Mariners traded him to the Minnesota Twins on 13 September 1996 and debuted with the team in September 1997 and played till the year 2002. From 2003 to 2016, he played for the MLB team Boston Red Sox. Also, he announced his uniform number 34 would be retired during the 2017 season. In the past in 2003, in the investigation, he found positive performance-enhancing drug tests during Major League Baseball survey testing conducted in spring training.
Furthermore, in 2009, he held a press conference before a game at Yankee Stadium. Also, he added that the positive test might have been due to his use of supplements and vitamins at the time. In addition, he had earned several honors and accolades including the National Baseball Hall of Fame with 77.9% of the vote.
David Ortiz: Personal Life & Wife
He met his future wife Tiffany in Wisconsin and started to date in 1996. They had married in 2002 announced through their Instagram post. The duo shared two children: D’Angelo and Alexandra. After living together for over two decades, the couple separated to their ways in December 2021. Before that, in 2013, they reported to separate but they later reconciled.
He also parents a daughter named Jessica from his previous relationship. Also, he produced a son named David Andres Ortiz Almanzar with Fary Almanzar Fernandez. Additionally, Fary requested a restraining order against him and issued it on 21 May 2020. The order to refrain from “annoying, intimidating or threatening his former partner in person or by phone”.
He was also shot and severely wounded on 9 June 2019 at the Dial Bar and Lounge in East Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Following that, he underwent a six-hour operation performed by three local physicians at the Abel Gonzalez Clinic. During the surgery, his gallbladder, a portion of his intestines, and colon were removed while his liver was damaged. He had his second surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. Also, he had third surgery at the MGH discharging in July 2019 after staying for a six weeks stay.
Caption: David Ortiz and his ex-wife Tiffany.
How Much David Earns From his Career? Net Worth & Salary
The Dominican-born professional baseball player has collected a hefty amount from his career. He had also endorsed several brands through which he had collected around $4.5 million over many years.
He has an estimated net worth of above $55 million from his retired baseball career. Also, he has opened a nightclub called “Forty-Forty” in his hometown Dominican Republic.
Moreover, he founded the David Ortiz Children’s Fund along with his ex-wife Tiffany. The organization aims to support a range of his favorite causes and to help children initially in the United Kingdom and the Dominican Republic.
David Ortiz: Social Media Profiles & Body Measurements
He has a verified Instagram account @davidortiz with 2.3 million followers. On Twitter, he goes by the verified handle @davidortiz with 1.5 million followers. Also, he has a verified Facebook account having more than 2 million followers.
He has an average and strong body build that stands to a height of 6 feet 3 inches or 1.91 meters. His body weighs around 104 kg with unknown body measurements of chest or waist respectively. He has black eyes color with black hair color.