David Ortiz has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. In his first year of eligibility, Ortiz was named on 77.9 percent of 2022 HOF ballots. To be elected, a candidate must be included on 75% of voter ballots. Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts congratulated his former teammate on social media regarding his induction.
Betts praised Big Papi and included a photo of the two during their Red Sox days in his post.
A young Betts first joined Ortiz on the big club as a 21-year-old. Betts was called up in the end of June of 2014. In 52 games, Mookie recorded a respectable .812 OPS. Ortiz recognized Betts' talent and went out of his way to mentor the future 2018 AL MVP.
The two helped power the Red Sox to a 2016 AL East divisional title in Ortiz's last year of his MLB career.
One day, Betts might be joining his former Red Sox teammate and mentor in Cooperstown.